One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An oil well from which oil flows profusely without being pumped.
- ‘A weighting agent adds body to petroleum and prevents the formation of gushers.’
- ‘The company just can't seem put a foot wrong as it continues to find gusher after gusher in the northern Indian region of Rajasthan.’
- ‘In the years after World War II, prospectors went looking for oil across southeastern Utah, hoping for a gusher.’
- ‘One man went on at length about the latest gusher in his oil field.’
- ‘If only a brace of gushers were to be discovered.’
- ‘Midland is of course a flat, once dusty (since paved) Texas oil town closer to gushers than geysers.’
- ‘But in 1959-some thirty years after a Soviet scientist had forecast the presence of vast oil deposits in the forested swamps of West Siberia - a gusher was struck.’
- ‘Download a brace of Westerns and work on the Texas accent, and casually let slip about how you need to stay online with Houston to find out how your gushers are doing.’
- ‘He never assembled the rigs when a gusher was struck or helped carve out the rail tracks and roads that brought in more labour.’
- ‘The days of Jed Clampett finding an oil gusher in his back garden are perhaps gone for good.’
- ‘The first gusher of the Kirkuk oilfield was not struck till 1926, after the League of Nations had finally awarded the area to Iraq, not Turkey.’
2An effusive person.‘the earnest, ingratiating gusher of numerous television interviews’
- ‘It's nice to be able to sincerely gush, surrounded by other sincere gushers, about love and friendship and a sacred relationship, and know that you are in an irony free zone.’
- ‘I have seen Episode 20 now and I agree with the gushers above.’
- ‘Walter drips rancid elegance as the hostess from hell, and there is lively support from Penny Downie as an unquenchable gusher.’
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