If we do strike oil, all I'm telling you now will be valuable.
strike oil, to; to come upon petroleum: hence to make a lucky hit, especially financially.
Related Words: Petrleo refinado, kerosene oil; encontrar una capa de petrleo, to strike oil; pozo petrolfero, oil-well.
Old lady happy, we strike oil, sell out to big company, everybody happy.
In some places they strike oil at a distance of a few hundred feet.
It made the boys feel a little blue to think that the Davenport crowd had been the first to strike oil.
Bore into the earth you can strike oil, but you can't strike whiskey.
late 12c., "olive oil," from Anglo-French and Old North French olie, from Old French oile, uile "oil" (12c., Modern French huile), from Latin oleum "oil, olive oil" (source of Spanish, Italian olio), from Greek elaion "olive tree," from elaia (see olive). Old English æle, Dutch olie, German Öl, etc. all are from Latin. It meant "olive oil" exclusively till c.1300, when meaning began to be extended to any fatty, greasy substance. Use for "petroleum" first recorded 1520s, but not common until 19c. The artist's oils (1660s), short for oil-color (1530s), are paints made by grinding pigment in oil.
mid-15c., from oil (n.). Related: Oiled; oiling. An Old English verb in this sense was besmyrian.
Any of numerous mineral, vegetable, and synthetic substances and animal and vegetable fats that are generally slippery, combustible, viscous, liquid or liquefiable at room temperatures, soluble in various organic solvents such as ether but not in water, and used in a great variety of products, especially lubricants and fuels.
Any of a large class of viscous liquids that are typically very slippery and greasy. Oils are composed mostly of glycerides. They are flammable, do not mix with water, and include animal and vegetable fats as well as substances of mineral or synthetic origin. They are used in food, soap, and candles, and make good lubricants and fuels. See essential oil, mineral oil, petroleum.
To succeed: I worked at the problem eight days before I struck oil (1866+)
: We'll have to oil the mayor to get that permit