gush·​er | \ ˈgə-shər How to pronounce gusher (audio) \

Definition of gusher

: one that gushes specifically : an oil well with a copious natural flow

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While processing crude provided a gusher of profits, Koch did not confine himself to oil. Suzanne Goldenberg, Washington Post, "How the Kochs built their business — and their power," 16 Aug. 2019 Despite the head-turning numbers, though, sports betting has not been a gusher for state treasuries. Washington Post, "1 year, $3.2 billion later, New Jersey sports betting soars," 12 July 2019 The water goes through several geysers, gushers, and buckets. Denise Coffey,, "Beating The Heat At Owen Bell Splash Pad," 7 Aug. 2019 The Troy Fire Department’s hazardous materials team responded within minutes of the family’s first phone call about the unwelcome oil gusher in their basement. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Troy homeowners’ horror: 'Dad, something really stinks in the basement'," 12 July 2019 But the profit gusher got capped at the start of 2019, and analysts say the sputtering out may last most of this year as the tax-cut jolt wears off and worries about the trade war linger. CBS News, "The corporate profits gravy train is derailing," 11 July 2019 Why is there insufficient money budgeted in advance for predictable hurricane relief and rebuilding, but an endless gusher after the fact? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse," 14 Sep. 2018 The migrant flow became a gusher in 2011, after the fall of Libya’s ruler, Muammar Qaddafi, ruptured Niger’s border with Libya. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 But Saudi’s sovereign wealth Public Investment Fund and the country’s need to modernize its economy promise a gusher of investment and deal-making too big to be ignored. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Wall Street Should Think Twice When It Returns to Saudi Arabia," 16 Oct. 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gusher

: someone or something that gushes especially : an oil well that produces a large and forceful flow of oil

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