Idioms about oil
- to discover oil, especially to bring in a well.
- to have good luck, especially financially; make an important and valuable discovery: They struck oil only after years of market research.
Origin of oil
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How to use oil in a sentence
Then he coolly fell to oiling his rifle, while a fresh wave of fear passed over the shivering Denton.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
By a little carefully directed oiling of water a few boys may make an almost uninhabitable region absolutely safe to live in.A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
Crow at his Toilette, oiling his long hair with bears grease.
As they rested, the big dark fellow took a bottle from his pocket and began oiling the saw.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
When it has been oiled along the top half, the wheels should be revolved sufficiently to bring the other half on top for oiling.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2|Various
British Dictionary definitions for oil
- another name for petroleum
- (as modifier)an oil engine; an oil rig
- Also called: lubricating oil any of a number of substances usually derived from petroleum and used for lubrication
- (in combination)an oilcan; an oilstone
- (as modifier)an oil pump
- paraffin, esp when used as a domestic fuel
- (as modifier)an oil lamp; an oil stove
- (often plural) oil colour or paint
- (as modifier)an oil painting
- to discover petroleum while drilling for it
- informal to become very rich or successful
Derived forms of oiloil-like, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with oil
see banana oil; burn the midnight oil; grease (oil) someone's palm; grease (oil) the wheels; pour oil on troubled waters; strike it rich (oil).