oil patch

noun

1
2
: 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 See all Example Sentences for oil patch 

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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