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[wel-oild] /ˈwɛlˈɔɪld/
operating with efficiency:
a well-oiled department.
Slang. drunk.
Origin of well-oiled
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for well-oiled
  • When private demand suddenly plunges, it helps to have a well-oiled machinery of state that can quickly step in.
  • Such incentives and penalties should only be considered once electronic filing is a well-oiled process.
  • For their latest project, the well-oiled team is testing machine vision on a commercial apple-sorting line.
  • Many teachers have a highly developed capacity for meshing their different time requirements into a well-oiled routine.
  • She noted that she got here about four years ago and it was a well-oiled machine then.
  • Place fish in a single layer in a well-oiled baking dish.
  • And all the guns and rifles were well-oiled and in working condition.
British Dictionary definitions for well-oiled


(well oiled when postpositive) (informal) drunk
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Slang definitions & phrases for well-oiled


  1. Having much money; rich: theaverage, fairly well-heeled, middle-aged American male (1897+)
  2. Well-armed: He's always well-heeled (1873+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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