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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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Then in 1885 Dutchman Aeilko Jans Zijlker turned South East Asia into the third key oil producer by striking oil with his Telega Tunggal well on Sumatra, Indonesia.
KUWAIT - His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah rules out the possibility of yielding to "the coercive demands" of striking oil workers.
MOL Group has announced that is has made a hydrocarbon discovery in Pakistan, striking oil and gas in the Karak Block.
The crackdown against the activists started at the end of May, 2012 when former volleyball player Habiba Al Hinai, Sohar-based activist Esmail Al Muqbali and Yaqoub Al Kharusi were detained in Fahoud when they went to express their solidarity with the striking oil field workers on May 31.
The arrests began in May when three men were detained for protesting on behalf of the striking oil workers.
Aging British rock star has cancelled a concert in Kazakhstan to protest the crackdown by that country's president upon striking oil and gas workers.
According to Lundin Petroleum itself, the company had a 36% chance of striking oil and extracting 19 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) from the well.
Police may be deployed to clear access to striking oil refineries, under an order from Sarkozy which allowed them to clear access to fuel depots on Wednesday.
Page 5 Striking oil for the Black Country An oil exploration company set up by a former Dudley MP could be in line for a mammoth pay day after agreeing a deal to drill a part of the Falkland Islands that has been untouched for 10 years.
STRIKING oil plant contractors are set to go back to work today after a deal was struck in the row over the use of foreign labour.
New Delhi/Noida, Jan 9 (ANI): The talks between the government and striking oil PSUs will continue today as it failed to come to any conclusion late on Thursday night.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD (15) *** A powerhouse performance from Daniel Day-Lewis rightly won awards for this rousing drama about a silver miner striking oil and building an empire.
MINISTERS yesterday told striking oil workers and their bosses to end their battle to quell fears of a fuel crisis.
STRIKING oil workers held a mass rally at the Grangemouth refinery yesterday as a 48-hour walkout began.
Givot Olam has reported striking oil in the past, but has not yet succeeded in producing it in commercial amounts.