verb (used with object), greased, greasing.
- grease cup,
- grease gun,
- grease monkey,
- grease nipple,
- grease paint
Origin of grease
Examples from the Web for grease
But at least Obama does seem to genuinely loathe the sucking up required to grease the wheels.
No longer swimming in the dough, means less money for the adult industry to grease the partnership wheels.Too Hot for Google: Why The Internet Giant Is Scared of Porn|Aurora Snow|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The owners can grease a lot of palms with revenues like that.Al-Sisi’s Egypt Is Worse For Gays Than The Muslim Brotherhood|Bel Trew|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their blue jumpsuits are stained with grease, and their hair is expertly wrapped in scarves to keep it out of their way.
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Great care is used in cleaning substances to be plated, all dirt and grease being carefully removed.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity|Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
The grease of the fox and the marrow are good for the hardening of sinews.The Master of Game|Second Duke of York, Edward
The sunburnt face, puckered with a wry wistfulness, was only comic in its incongruous coat of grease.No Hero|E.W. Hornung
The ordinary behaviour is evidently the result of a film of grease, which adheres with great obstinacy.
A shirt was provided for me, painted with vermilion, mixed with grease.The American Indians|Henry R. Schoolcraft
noun (ɡriːs, ɡriːz)
verb (ɡriːz, ɡriːs) (tr)
Word Origin for grease
c.1300, from Anglo-French grece, from Old French gresse, craisse "grease, fat" (Modern French graisse), from Vulgar Latin *crassia "(melted) animal fat, grease," from Latin crassus "thick, solid, fat" (cf. Spanish grasa, Italian grassa). Grease paint, used by actors, attested from 1888. Grease monkey "mechanic" is from 1928.
c.1300, from grease (n.). 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. Expression greased lightning, representing something that goes very fast, is American English, by 1832.
In addition to the idioms beginning with grease
- grease someone's palm
- grease the wheels
- elbow grease
- like greased lightning
- squeaky wheel gets the grease