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

  • Money in any number of currencies that is paid to oil-producing countries, which then deposit it into Western banks.

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  • n. Plural form of petrodollar.
  • n. Money earned through the sale of petroleum.


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  • Soon the fact of Russian bombers approaching UK airspace will cease to be news but for the moment the resumption of such flights by a Russian Air Force currently in receipt of burgeoning amounts of petrodollars is sufficiently novel for newspapers and other media to comment on the fact.

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  • By the away about the trillions US owe to Saudis and Abu-Dhabi and probably Dubai is called petrodollars and mainly re-invested in USA and it seems to be part of it lost with the falling economy, washed away.

    The unbearable lightness of Election 2008

  • But ironically, while Gulf states seek promising ways to invest their "petrodollars," earned as crude-oil prices have surged to near $100 a barrel, signs are growing that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries might soon increase oil output amid forecasts of U.S. economic gloom, driven in part by those higher oil prices.

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  • The discussion was over what to do with the large influx of what would come to be called "petrodollars," the oil revenues of the OPEC nations.


  • ANGOLA: Allegations of embezzlement of 'petrodollars', by IRIN, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 26 March 2002

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  • They're not only holding dollars, but pricing their oil in "petrodollars".

  • And with crude prices gushing about 50\% in the past month and a half, it stands to reason that much of the optimism surrounding those two countries is due to hopes that their "petrodollars" are now worth a heck of a lot more.

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  • In the two oil price crises of 1973 and 1979 the oil exporting countries had won a fistful of 'petrodollars' on the back of the oil price rises.

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  • 'petrodollars' on the back of the oil price rises.

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  • If we could somehow put together the resources that exist in the Arab world - mainly Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries, which sit on trillions upon trillions of petrodollars - and invest in an infrastructure that creates job and growth, together with political direction to build a civil society with democratic institutions.

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