petroholic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

petro- +‎ -holic

Noun[edit]

petroholic (plural petroholics)

  1. (derogatory) One who uses more petrol than necessary.
    • 1991, David Ross Brower, Work in progress
      We're a nation of petroholics, lurching around the globe like a drunk with a hand grenade staggering through a nursery, yet the cure the President offers is more smart bombs and an energy program that's nothing more than drill, burn...
    • 2008 March 22, Elisabeth Rosenthal, “Lofty Pledge to Cut Emissions Comes With Caveat in Norway”, New York Times:
      “We’re a nice little selfish country of petroholics, and that has made us lazy,” said Frederic Hauge, president of Bellona, Norway’s largest nongovernmental environmental organization.