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grease

[n. grees; v. grees, greez]
noun
1.
the melted or rendered fat of animals, especially when in a soft state.
2.
fatty or oily matter in general; lubricant.
3.
Also called grease wool. wool, as shorn, before being cleansed of the oily matter.
4.
Also called grease-heel [grees-heel] . Veterinary Pathology. inflammation of a horse's skin in the fetlock region, attended with an oily secretion.
5.
Informal. a bribe.
verb (used with object), greased, greasing.
6.
to put grease on; lubricate: to grease the axle of a car.
7.
to smear or cover with grease.
8.
to cause to occur easily; smooth the way; facilitate.
9.
Informal. to bribe.
Idioms
10.
grease someone's palm. palm1 ( def 19 ).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English grese, grece, greice < Anglo-French grece, gresse, Old French craisse (French graisse) < Vulgar Latin *crassia, equivalent to Latin crass(us) fat, thick + -ia noun suffix

greaseless, adjective
greaselessness, noun
greaseproof, adjective
regrease, verb (used with object), regreased, regreasing.
ungreased, adjective
well-greased, adjective

grease, Greece.
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grease
 
n
1.  animal fat in a soft or melted condition
2.  any thick fatty oil, esp one used as a lubricant for machinery, etc
3.  Also called: grease wool shorn fleece before it has been cleaned
4.  vet science Also called: seborrhoea inflammation of the skin of horses around the fetlocks, usually covered with an oily secretion
 
vb
5.  to soil, coat, or lubricate with grease
6.  to ease the course of: his education greased his path to success
7.  slang grease the palm of, grease the hand of to bribe; influence by giving money to
 
[C13: from Old French craisse, from Latin crassus thick]
 
'greaseless
 
adj

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grease
late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. grece, from O.Fr. graisse, from V.L. *crassia "(melted) animal fat, grease," from L. crassus "thick, solid, fat." Verb sense of "ply with bribe or protection money" is 1520s, from notion of grease the wheels "make things run smoothly" (mid-15c.). To grease (someone's) palm is
from 1580s. Greasy spoon "small cheap restaurant" is from 1925. Greaser, derogatory Amer.Eng. slang for "native Mexican or Latin American," first attested 1849.
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