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 Oignons d’Egypte.Oil of Palms. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Oil.
 
To strike oil. To make a happy hit or valuable discovery. The phrase refers to hitting upon or discovering a bed of petroleum or mineral oil.   1
 


 Oignons d’Egypte.Oil of Palms. 

 
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