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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A former U.S. Navy oil reserve in east-central Wyoming north of Casper. Secretly leased to Harry F. Sinclair's oil company by Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall in 1921, it became a symbol of the governmental scandals of the Harding administration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a government scandal involving a former United States Navy oil reserve in Wyoming that was secretly leased to a private oil company in 1921; became symbolic of the scandals of the Harding administration


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