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the act of drilling

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the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum

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Robbery in the law courts, in the army nothing but flogging, drilling, and Military Settlements; the people are tortured, enlightenment is suppressed.
She looked very often at Anne, and Anne, thanks to Marilla's drilling, answered promptly; but it may be questioned if she understood very much about either question or answer.
For a dozen years before, it should be added, his inexhaustible energy had found further occupation in connection with a troop of horse which he had helped to organize on the threat of a French invasion and of which he acted as quartermaster, training in barracks, and at times drilling for hours before breakfast.
Tom had often afterwards reason to be thankful for that early drilling, and above all, for having mastered Harry Winburn's fall.
A crimson-crested woodpecker, energetically drilling a fallen trunk, caught and transferred her gaze.