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  • v. To separate and recover (valuable minerals) by swirling dirt or crushed rock in a pan of water, in the manner of a traditional prospector seeking gold.
  • v. To succeed; to proceed according to plan; to result or end up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To succeed.
  • To turn out (profitably or unprofitably); to result; to develop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals
  • v. be a success

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  • JM tried gold prospecting but it didn't pan out.

    June 27, 2011