black gold


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After months of drilling, they finally hit black gold.
Recent Examples on the Web The squeeze was triggered by a sometimes-inconvenient aspect of oil futures contracts: Someone eventually has to take physical delivery of all that black gold (or maybe, these days, bronze). David Z. Morris, Fortune, "New PPP small business loan bill excludes fintech lenders, threatening the smallest businesses," 22 Apr. 2020 Large Position Auto Bottom Top Sample Caption TextCurrent Time 0:00Duration 0:00Remaining Time -0:00 Dispersing homemade compost feels like alchemy: turning dead tulips and carrot tops to black gold. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "The Tonic of Gardening in Quarantine," 7 Apr. 2020 Next stop, Edmonton, the open prairie of Alberta, where Stanley Cups once oozed out of the ground like black gold. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "The Bruins take advantage of Rangers," 16 Feb. 2020 Faith indeed looms large over the Permian Basin, a sedimentary basin rich with black gold that gave rise to the Texas oil legend as well as the Bush family dynasty. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Odessa and neighboring Midland vow to heal in face of a day filled with 'the best and worst of humanity'," 1 Sep. 2019 That black gold shaped early 20th-century Southern California, powering the growth of Los Angeles and making fortunes for many of the families whose names still adorn streets and buildings around the state. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "A major Kern County oil spill in environmentally conscious California," 17 July 2019 Divers had become intrigued by a booming oil industry, and the allure of black gold replaced the desire to retrieve the tears of the mermaids. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Rare Natural Pearl That Once Belonged to a Spanish Princess Is For Sale," 14 May 2019 The blingy hoops are .17 carats total, and come in white, yellow, rose, and black gold. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "You Can Buy Meghan Markle's Christmas Jewelry," 28 Dec. 2018 Roberto Cavalli Spring 2017 Look 16 gown, $28,825,; Wendy Yue black gold earrings with champagne and white diamonds, $11,330, available on special order at; Chair courtesy of Patina Rentals. Christian Oth, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sheer Genius: Bridal's New Sexy," 19 May 2017

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Black gold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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