oil patch

noun

Definition of oil patch 

1 : oil field

2 : the petroleum industry

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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 That represents an 85% increase over what Diamondback currently controls in those oil patches. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Diamondback to Acquire Energen as Oil Patch Consolidation Continues," 14 Aug. 2018 Seven years ago, as the U.S. economy recovered from a downturn, oil companies had just managed to transfer the technology and techniques that opened up once-inaccessible U.S. shale gas reserves into the nation's oil patches. Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle, "Texas oil and gas workforce at 7-year low," 29 Jan. 2018 While about 150 of the oil patch kids are still living, about 50 of them will be honored this year, Clepper said. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Festival will commemorate historical oil discovery in Tomball," 16 May 2018 Two years ago all of the business media and oil analysts were discussing how many jobs were being lost in the oil patch and how shale drillers were falling like flies, using bankruptcy courts to shave their debts. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "The Future is Now," 8 June 2018 Today, Medicine Line country is crisscrossed with freight trains, highways, wheat fields, missile silos, oil patches, and all the trappings of 21st-century resource extraction and life. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "Exploring America's Forgotten Border," 1 June 2018 The combination produces the best kind of twofer: an engaging history of the oil patch wrapped in an intimate portrait of his own family. Mimi Swartz, WSJ, "‘The Kings of Big Spring’ Review: There’s Oil in Their Blood," 11 Apr. 2018 That underperformance has made the oil patch attractive to activists. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Activist Investors Try to Wake Up a Slumbering Energy Sector," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oil patch

circa 1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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