from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that gushes, especially an abundantly flowing gas or oil well.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One that gushes
- n. An oil well that has a natural flow and so no pumping is needed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who gushes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which gushes; specifically, in local (American) use, an oil-well which throws out a very large quantity of oil without having to be pumped.
- n. One who is demonstratively emotional or sentimental.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an oil well with a strong natural flow so that pumping is not necessary
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The oil gusher is dead, but the mental trauma it caused along the Gulf of Mexico coast is still very much alive.
Most people are familiar with the iconic Texas image of the "gusher" - a derrick spewing oil because the reservoir pressure pushes it up the well.
The gusher is a powerful image that conveys what’s happening in a sense that pictures of oil near marshlands can’t, he said.
On Facebook, a group dedicated to the oil spill includes suggestions like using explosives to stop the gusher, which is about 5,000 feet underwater.
The phenomenon came to be called a gusher in the United States.
At a rate of perhaps 5,000 barrels per day, the spill - more properly described as a gusher akin to the proverbial Texas oil strike because of the pressure bearing from beneath the Gulf floor - may turn out to rival the amount of oil lost in the 1989 Exxon Valdez shipping accident.
The privatization of national security work has been made possible by a nine-year "gusher" of money, as Gates recently described national security spending since the 9/11 attacks.
Those programs are part of the Technical Services unit that led Raytheon's first-half sales increases even as Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for ending a "gusher" of military purchases.
But in several recent speeches, Gates has warned that the "gusher" of money that has poured into Pentagon accounts since Sept. 11, 2001, will shrink to a trickle for the foreseeable future, constricted by the federal government's soaring deficit.
Probably posing as a Texas oilman so you knock OPEC down a peg with that "gusher" story.
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