Lookups spike 4,000% during the October 22, 2020 presidential debate
During the final 2020 presidential debate on October 22, President Trump falsely claimed that Vice President Joe Biden would call for an end to fracking if elected.
The definition of fracking is "the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)."
Fracking is a shortened form of the word fracturing.
Fracking was added to our dictionary in 2014.
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