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grease the wheels

Slang definitions & phrases for grease the wheels

grease the wheels

verb phrase

To make things go smoothly; facilitate (1809+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with 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 ]
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