dry hole

noun

Definition of dry hole 

: a well (as for gas or oil) that proves unproductive

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Investors see the oil industry’s conventional business model, in which companies spend billions of collars upfront for prospects that could turn out to be dry hole sas too risky. Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle, "Private companies investing in Gulf as Wall Street turns its back," 3 May 2018 Many pulled out following years of talks, and dry holes forced Total SA, Eni SpA and Repsol SA to exit ventures with Aramco. Bloomberg.com, "The Next Entrant in the Shale Revolution? OPEC’s Saudi Arabia," 7 Mar. 2018 Until Burger was drilled, Mukluk was the most expensive dry hole drilled in the U.S. Tim Bradner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re about to open ANWR, and that means more years of patience," 13 Dec. 2017 But the mission to eastern Houston was a literal dry hole — the neighborhood wasn’t under threat any longer. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "A National Guard vehicle vanished near Houston. Soldiers used Snapchat to find it.," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dry hole

1883, in the meaning defined above

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