dry hole

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