- a well that yields or has yielded oil.
Origin of oil well
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for oil well
She forgot that, before breakfast, Milt had filled the oil-well for her.Free Air
When he got it done, the water bubbled through it like an oil-well.
It was only a matter of time, he declared, before the oil-well would yield rich profit.Mr. Opp
Alice Hegan Rice
I told you, quite truthfully, that I had put part of your money into options in an oil-well.Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels
This frequently causes explosions, tearing out the side of the well or blowing out the casing, and making the oil-well useless.Checking the Waste
Mary Huston Gregory
- a boring into the earth or sea bed for the extraction of petroleum
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