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

Definition of gusher

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

Examples of gusher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shale companies used hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques to unlock a gusher over the past decade, making the U.S. Collin Eaton, WSJ, "Shale Companies Had Lousy Returns. Their CEOs Got Paid Anyway.," 2 Oct. 2020 And for many of them, the law turned into a gusher. Desmond Butler, Anchorage Daily News, "How the Cares Act poured millions into corporate hands with no strings attached," 7 Oct. 2020 The ever-alluring prospect of more oil has been enough for Texas to stay tethered to the industry for more than 100 years, ever since the state’s first gusher at Spindletop sent oil hundreds of feet into the air. Popular Science, "The pandemic could end Texas’s oil boom—and start something better," 5 Oct. 2020 As for the related question of what exactly Joe Biden’s son was supposedly doing in return for this gusher of foreign money, Americans are still waiting for a precise answer. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hunter Biden, Andrew Cuomo and the Russian Billionaire," 23 Sep. 2020 The pandemic delivered a gusher of profits for UnitedHealth. WSJ, "The Business Report Card: How 12 Key Companies Have Fared in 2020," 5 Sep. 2020 While what happened in 2016 is gradually emerging in investigations, books, documents and news reports in the US, the full story can never be complete without a similar gusher of truth in Moscow. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The departure of Japan's PM comes at a foggy moment for US diplomacy.," 1 Sep. 2020 Shooting up from the ground like a gusher fixed in wood. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Cicadia," 17 Aug. 2020 Hermione’s clever spell causes Draco Malfoy to hawk up a gusher of flaming loogies. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1391: ‘Covid’-free zone!," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of gusher

1864, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2020

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“Gusher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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