- an accidental release of oil into a body of water, as from a tanker, offshore drilling rig, or underwater pipeline, often presenting a hazard to marine life and the environment.
Origin of oil spill
First recorded in 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for oil spill
Also, oil-spill cleanup plans that companies filed with government sometimes turned out to be completely useless.Michael Bromwich on Preventing the Next Spill
April 20, 2011