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Environment-friendly machining methods are being focused widely across the research areas concerning the consequences and challenges of the traditional methods. Flood lubrication technique which is aggressively being implemented, targeting better machining attributes of the end product. However, the devastating effects of the flood lubrication technique are causing harmful consequences to the environment majorly and the machining operator therein. Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) which is also called Near-dry machining (NDM) is the most attributed cooling and lubrication approach which justify the sustainable requirements of the development; as it implies only 50-150 ml/hr cutting fluid under consideration. The present article presents the past researcher's contribution to the area of MQL and its allied development by a bibliometric analysis in detail. The analysis is done by using the Scopus database and tools like VOSviewer, and Imap builder. Referring to the Scopus database, it is observed that a total of 1436 articles are published in different forms by past researchers. Observing the trend of publications in the concerned area; the last 7 years are the point of major contribution and in the year 2020; a maximum of 213 articles are published worldwide. The detailed survey revealed that a maximum of journal articles are published as compared to the other relevant sources. India is the leading country in the concerned research area publications followed by China and the United States. MQL has shown promising attributes for sustainable machining practices, but it has a long way to achieve the complete elimination of environment unfriendly practices and research concentration is required in the prospective domain of MQL allied coolants and lubricants.