to strike oil

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - strike oil

"to strike oil"

to suddenly become rich or successful


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - strike oil

Two students are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have a look at this study guide I found.

Friend 2:  Amazing! It makes the subject so easy to understand.

Friend 1:  We have struck oil with this book.

Friend 2:  Passing the exam will be easy now.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - strike oil

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why do you keep wasting money on buying lottery tickets?

Friend 2:  Because one day I am going to strike oil.

Friend 1:  Do you really think there is a chance of winning millions?

Friend 2:  People win the lottery every week and then retire in luxury.

to strike oil - Usage:


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to strike oil - Gerund Form:

Striking oil is an exhilarating experience.

to strike oil - Examples:

1)  ... to find other sources of revenue. But educators hoping to strike oil abroad would do well to heed the lesson of ...

2)  ... plan without hesitation for how you'll support yourself if you don't strike oil in Powerball!

3)  If you think you will strike oil at the on-board casino -- guess again.

4)  ... with the NRL about to strike oil through the sale of television rights, ...

5)  ... no one would ever strike oil and live their dreams without huge expectations.

6)  Everyday people are opening up new technology businesses and trying to strike oil as a technology entrepreneur.

7)  This means that statistically you are very unlikely to "strike oil" from digital, particularly if all you do is the same thing as most.

8)  Some businesses wrongly assumed they would automatically strike oil by getting in early. 

9)  Not all miners at Mererani strike oil. Most miners end up in greater poverty.

10)  ... people fall for get-rick-quick scams or play the lottery every week hoping to strike oil

11)  ... while preying upon poor citizens' hopes of striking oil in a lottery jackpot.

12)  The lure of striking oil and a culture steeped in superstitions surrounding luck captivate many in a nation where ...

13)  ... booming real estate market was giving hope to many who dreamed of striking oil

14)  ... and the idea that striking oil as an artist has anything to do with talent.

15)  His dreams of striking oil have crumbled as the realty bubble has burst.

16)  He says the terrible conditions will not dash his dreams of striking oil.

17)  ... he dreamed of striking oil someday.

18)  But before anyone rushes out to sea in hopes of striking oil like the Schmitts, remember that many treasure hunters go a lifetime without ever making ...

19)  Young people barely out of university were striking oil in California's Silicon Valley. Money flowed freely and parties were lavish.

20)  But there has never been word of prospectors or others actually striking oil with bounty from the fabled mine.