from The Century Dictionary.
- Any region where gold-bearing sands and gravel abound and where gold is being exploited by digging and washing: sometimes also applied to the mining of gold-bearing quartz.
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You were the Burning Daylight of the gold-diggings, the daring traveler and miner.
Chapter XIX 2010
We went outside of a rocky point, and sure enough here was the first Australian gold-diggings in full blast.
Robbery Under Arms 2004
It was one of the disagreeable things which he had had to do before he could get away to the gold-diggings, and it was done.
John Caldigate 2004
The rude activity of a gold-diggings in full swing had closed over the incident, swallowed it up.
Australia Felix 2003
I set up for being a doctor, and I trained as a teacher of Russian literature, and I wrote an article on Gogol, and thought of going to the gold-diggings, and meant to get married.
Thus commenced the gold-diggings of New South Wales.
A Source Book of Australian History Gwendolen H. [Compiler] Swinburne
In a few months the means for the organization of a community were obtained from the gold-diggings.
The gold-diggings were usually along the rivers, and this surface, or
Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
As these difficulties of transit subside under the surge of population toward the new State of Oregon, or to the gold-diggings on the head-waters of the South Fork of the Platte, an element must permeate
Mormon battalion which had been enlisted at Winter Quarters in Iowa was disbanded in California at the close of the Mexican War, and most of its members went to the gold-diggings.