oil patch

noun

Definition of oil patch

1 : oil field
2 : the petroleum industry

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And so the big oil patch, fracking, and so forth was not as rapid in the last year. NBC News, "Aug. 18, 2019 - Larry Kudlow, Beto O'Rourke and Mark Sanford," 18 Aug. 2019 Why tech looks a lot like the Texas oil patch, Aug. 11, Business, D5 The story that began on D1 gave an incorrect figure for San Francisco’s population. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, Aug. 14," 13 Aug. 2019 Oildale, with a population of about 32,000, is famous for being the birthplace of Merle Haggard and for the massive oil patch that drew Dust Bowl migrants west. Los Angeles Times, "Column: In tiny Oildale, the local barber, a Trump fan, has had it with California," 26 July 2019 The two oil giants’ spending in the heart of America’s oil patch is growing, in a split from smaller peers. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Big Oil Wields a Blunt Texas Drill," 26 Apr. 2019 Global growth is looking shaky, manufacturers are getting nervous and burgeoning U.S. crude stockpiles are raising concerns in the oil patch. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Careful What You Wish for From the Fed," 30 May 2019 Those without jobs in the oil patch are especially hard-hit, and industries outside the oil field face severe staffing shortages: Dumpsters overflow without garbage truck drivers to empty them. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Big Problems and Big Paychecks in West Texas Oil Country," 5 June 2019 Shares in some of the biggest shale companies soared on hopes that Chevron Corp.’s $33 billion deal to acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corp. could start a wave of consolidation in the U.S. oil patch. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Chevron-Anadarko Deal Sends Shale Stocks Surging," 12 Apr. 2019 Men still dominate the oil patch, but women have carved out their own turf in the energy business: Utilities have more female chief executives than any other sector in the S&P 500. Lynn Cook, WSJ, "The Industry With the Most Female CEOs Isn’t What You’d Expect," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of oil patch

circa 1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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