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Hit the paydirt

Posted by James Briggs on August 31, 2005

In Reply to: Hit the paydirt posted by Mikko on August 31, 2005

: Can anyone tell me the origin of "hit the paydirt"?

I think it comes from the early days of gold prospecting in Canada/USA. If you found a gold-bearing seam in the ground you said that 'you'd hit the pay dirt'.