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strike oil

1. To access stores of oil while drilling into the ground. Stop drilling, we've struck oil!
2. To achieve success in some area, often financially. A: "We sure struck oil when we recorded that song." B: "I know, it's become a huge hit and will pay us a ton in royalties."
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strike oil

If you strike oil, you suddenly become successful in finding or doing something. In Austin, a new generation of high-tech billionaires has struck oil in the computer industry. Jennifer McFarlane aims to strike oil on the Australian executive job market. Note: This expression is more commonly used literally to say that someone discovers oil in the ground as a result of drilling.
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strike oil

attain prosperity or success.
1994 Nature S. P. Goldman …seems to have struck oil in the search for better ways of computing electronic states.
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M2 EQUITYBITES-October 17, 2011--PA Resources strikes oil offshore Denmark(C)2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.
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While Cairn is currently the only company drilling in the area, Greenpeace warned an Arctic oil rush could be set off if the company strikes oil this summer.
PEL 115 - Two Well Drilling Program - Fury-1 Well Strikes Oil & Completed as Oil Producer & Airacobra-1 Well Has Oil & Gas Shows - Still Drilling
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NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-7 April 2010-Statoil strikes oil, gas north of Norne field(C)1994-2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.
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NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-22 October 2007-Sweden's Lundin Petroleum AB strikes oil in Norway(C)1994-2007 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.