Definition of dry hole in English:

dry hole


  • A well drilled for oil or gas but yielding none.

    • ‘Some newly discovered fields will be gushers and some will be dry holes.’
    • ‘But Shell withdrew from exploration, because for 2 years it had drilled nothing but dry holes.’
    • ‘It is very easy to drill dry holes and the only guarantee we have is that we will experience failures.’
    • ‘You can spend a whole lot of money on exploration and still hit dry holes.’
    • ‘This is a Texas oilman who seemed to drill nothing but dry holes.’