gold in them thar hills

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An opportunity for something to be profitable and/or beneficial.

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  • Used in "there's gold in them thar hills," a catchphrase of Colonel Mulberry Sellers in Mark Twain's 1892 novel The American Claimant. Possibly inspired by a misquote of Dahlonega Mint assayer M. F. Stephenson.
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There really is gold in them thar hills. During the 2000 election cycle, zip-code areas on average yielded slightly more than $35,000 in political contributions, while residents of Beverly Hills, 90210, ponied up slightly more than $6.2 million.

Submitted on January 20, 2019

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gold in them thar hillsUsed other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see gold, in, them thar, hills.
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