grease the wheels

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grease the wheels

Also, oil the wheels. Make things run smoothly, as in You can count on Ben to grease the wheels so we'll be waited on promptly. This metaphoric expression transfers literal lubrication to figurative. [Mid-1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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