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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reinforce, boost, support, back, cooperate, benefit, sustain, aid, facilitate, expedite, help, ease, simplify, further, promote, speed, plug, abet, collaborate, stump
- grease monkey,
- grease nipple,
- grease paint,
- grease pencil,
- grease someone's palm,
- greaseproof paper,
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