from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any metal-bearing rock rich enough to pay for working.


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  • Being personally very much occupied with his own stamp mill, and the percentage of the pay-rock, he was just as pleased that no local burden should be placed across the apex of his spinal pillar.

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  • He alleged, further, that stocks and bonds were but shadows of wealth, that the old mines might any day become exhausted, and that security for the future lay only in having one member of the family, at least, looking up new pay-rock against the ever possible time of adversity.

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  • a fine site for a mill; and when we strike the ledge, you know, we'll have a mill-site, water power, and pay-rock, all handy.

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  • "'That-like flummery food's no kind of diet to be trackin' up pay-rock on, 'I says to kind of cheer myself.

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