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dry hole

noun
1.
any well drilled for oil or gas that does not yield enough to be commercially profitable.
Also called duster.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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dry hole

noun
1.
(in the oil industry) a well that is drilled but does not produce oil or gas in commercially worthwhile amounts
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