dry hole


noun

any well drilled for oil or gas that does not yield enough to be commercially profitable.

Nearby words

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  10. dry lake

Origin of dry hole

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Also called duster.

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British Dictionary definitions for dry hole

dry hole

noun

(in the oil industry) a well that is drilled but does not produce oil or gas in commercially worthwhile amounts
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