Definitions

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  • noun literally The main, central lode of a natural resource, near which smaller deposits of the same ore etc. exist.
  • noun figuratively The main prize, best cut or pick etc. by far, dwarfing all others.

Etymologies

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From mother +‎ lode.

Examples

  • While hedge funds target what Marathon Asset Management LP co-founder Bruce Richards calls the "motherlode" of distressed investing, insurers are focusing on forced sales of higher- quality, longer-term assets, such as mortgage loans.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • US intelligence network aims to put heat on al-Qa'ida US intelligence will seek to achieve in the coming weeks "information dominance" over the al-Qa'ida network - taking advantage of what officials have called a "motherlode" of data found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad.

    The Australian | News |

  • This is what you might call the motherlode location when it comes to kid-friendly activities.

    News/local from www.chieftain.com

  • The weather has been very dry for BC this summer, but we have had a couple of good rains lately, so we were hopeful that we might find some beauties in our friends' wood-- they have the "motherlode" of chanterelle hunting on their property.

    CHANTERELLES ARE BACK! A FRENCH RECIPE TO SHOW THEM OFF

  • The weather has been very dry for BC this summer, but we have had a couple of good rains lately, so we were hopeful that we might find some beauties in our friends' wood-- they have the "motherlode" of chanterelle hunting on their property.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Sam carrying boards from the "motherlode" of fence dump sites back to my vehicle.

    rec.ike.ling

  • Sam carrying boards from the "motherlode" of fence dump sites back to my vehicle.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Our friends Jane and Matzuki have the "motherlode" of chanterelle patches and, fortunately for us, pick more than they can use!

    CHANTERELLE TIME AGAIN!

  • Our friends Jane and Matzuki have the "motherlode" of chanterelle patches and, fortunately for us, pick more than they can use!

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Republic and found a "motherlode" of more than 125000, as yet unaffected by Ebola virus or hunting.

    WN.com - Business News

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