One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sudden increase in economic activity or wealth as a result of the exploitation of mineral oil.
A floating barrier placed over a stretch of water to prevent the passage of oil, especially following an oil spill.
1920s. From oil + boom<br>1970s; earliest use found in The New Yorker. From oil + boom.
oil boom/ˈɔɪl ˌbuːm/
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