oil patch


: the petroleum industry

Examples of oil patch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the oil patch, Exxon was No. 2 and Mobil was No. 9. Eva Roytburg, Fortune, 4 June 2024 On the other hand, some of the militants in Nigeria’s oil patch who are close to Jonathan have threatened mayhem if their candidate loses. John Campbell, Foreign Affairs, 27 Jan. 2015 For her part, Riley has no regrets about leaving the Texas oil patch. Kirk Siegler, NPR, 8 May 2024 Longview is a small city in the east Texas oil patch; presumably its chamber was recruited because the plaintiffs figured that its presence would give them standing to sue in the federal district court in Tyler, which has two judges, both appointed by Donald Trump, including Barker. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 There's always a healthy trade in Permian acreage, but this year big buyers like Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum opened up their wallets to consolidate the country's most prolific oil patch. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2023 In a relatively quiet year for mergers, acquisitions and public offerings, the oil patch and Japan have kept bankers busy. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2023 The giant oil patch has seen dwindling production for decades, with its primary field at Prudhoe Bay aging. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2023 Alaska’s post-refuge future Even without drilling in the refuge for now, there’s still plenty of action in Alaska’s oil patch. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oil patch was circa 1952

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“Oil patch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20patch. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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