- operating with efficiency: a well-oiled department.
- Slang. drunk.
Origin of well-oiled
First recorded in 1730–40
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Examples from the Web for well-oiled
It was such a well-oiled, fun, beautiful production machine.The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
So one is like a brand-new thing, and one is like a well-oiled machine.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over
October 9, 2014
One step closer to turning the tide of the addiction taboo that operates like well-oiled spin machine.Coming Out of the Addiction Closet
May 10, 2014
Great athletes are like well-oiled machines, and as such need regular maintenance to make sure they function at their best.Why You Should Train Like an Athlete (Even If You Aren’t One)
December 20, 2013
The American holiday shopping industry is a well-oiled machine with several interconnecting parts.The Shutdown that Stole Christmas?
October 11, 2013
Something like a well-oiled and lightly cooked piece of beef.Planet of the Damned
A key was turned in a well-oiled lock, and he was guided inside a building.The Sins of Sverac Bablon
The door of the room opened, turning on its well-oiled hinges.A Winter Amid the Ice
It is no exaggeration to say that everything went like a well-oiled machine.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
A key and a well-oiled lock, and servants that knew everything.Tiger Cat
David H. Keller
- (well oiled when postpositive) informal drunk
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