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Meaning of petrodollars

pet•ro•dol•lars

Pronunciation: (pe'trō-dol"urz), [key]
— n.pl.
  1. surplus revenues in dollars accumulated by petroleum-exporting countries, as those of the Middle East, esp. when then used for foreign loans or investments.
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