To strike oil


Also found in: Idioms.
to find petroleum when boring for it; figuratively, to make a lucky hit financially.

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ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) Wednesday announced to strike oil and gas discovery at its exploratory well Pandhi-01 in Bitrism block of District Sanghar, Sindh.
Islamabad -- Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) Wednesday announced to strike oil and gas discovery at its exploratory well Pandhi-01 in Bitrism block of District Sanghar, Sindh.
Consolidated Oil was the first indigenous company to strike oil in commercial quantities.
PARIS, Nov 20 (KUNA) -- The French government on Friday dismissed claims, mainly from Russia, that it was illegal to strike oil sites controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria from where large financial resources are drawn to support the terrorist movement.
It took the Americans five years to strike oil. Other companies joined SoCal and in January 1944, they formed the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco).
The group say the trio have enough food and water to last 10 days in the pod, which was last night hanging from the drill-bit that would be used to strike oil.