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Pay dirt


Success. Profitable venture. ‘Pay dirt’ derives from gold mining in the 1800s, mining dirt until one came across gold nuggets which made the effort ‘pay off’. It is typically used in reference to when one’s arduous efforts come to fruition.

   “After five years, I see your business has finally reached pay dirt.”

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