verb (used with object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for oiling
Another was trying to discover a defect in his ignition system, and others were oiling, fixing or warming up their motors.The Motor Boys on the Wing|Clarence Young
To see the latter polishing and oiling his machinery as carefully as a mother would dress a baby was my chief enjoyment.
"Well, I hope you find those criminals," said Mr. Blackford, as he watched Tom oiling the machine.Tom Swift and his Motor-cycle|Victor Appleton
But whether candid or disingenuous, this habit has the advantage of oiling the wheels of progress with a sacred unction.Egotism in German Philosophy|George Santayana
After the oiling comes a bath of alum or alumina sulphate, either used as bought, or made basic by the addition of soda.The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics|Franklin Beech
British Dictionary definitions for oiling
- 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 Formsoil-like, adjective
Word Origin for oil
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Idioms and Phrases with oiling
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).