Pronunciation: /grēs /
- 1Oily or fatty matter, in particular.More example sentences
- Whoever had repainted it had not, however, troubled to first remove the grease.
- He wiped the grease from his mouth with the back of his hand.
- Had she really meant to escape him, or had she seen the grease on the pizza boxes threatening to congeal on the low table and reacted with a mind only to clean?
- 1.1A thick oily substance used as a lubricant: axle greaseMore example sentences
- Someone else stated it had the colour and consistency of axle grease!
- Axle grease also freezes and is warmed with a blowtorch.
- The valley of rocks still bears the marks of early pioneers who wrote their names with axle grease on the rocks.
- 1.2Oil or fat used or produced in cooking.More example sentences
- The bottles of hot sauce, and salt and pepper seemed to be permanently glazed with years of grease from all the cooking.
- I breathe in the cool air, taste tangs of cooking oil and fried grease.
- Finally, the committee said that food vendors should place a rubber mat under their booths to protect the area from oil and cooking grease.
Pronunciation: /grēs, grēz /[with object] Back to top
- Smear or lubricate with grease: (as adjective greased) place on a greased baking sheetMore example sentences
- Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in a moderately hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Mix oats in, spread onto a lightly greased glass baking dish, and refrigerate.
- These would have gone into the oven on baking trays that were greased with butter wrappers, which were kept for ever.
grease the palm of
- • informal Bribe (someone).More example sentences
- Whether applying for a driving licence, bringing a case to court or simply passing a police checkpoint, greasing the palm of pliant government officials is often the only way to get things done in the country.
- At the behest of his friend, the son goes to the neighbouring town to earn enough money to grease the palm of the panchayat president.
- And you probably think that you can grease the palm of the loan officer to enhance your loan eligibility.
grease the skids
- • informal , chiefly North American Help matters run smoothly: his mission was to use his budgetary skills to grease the skids for new projectsMore example sentences
- The industry also liberally greases the skids of the legislative process with huge campaign donations, topping $26 million in the last election cycle.
- Students hunt after internships because they often grease the skids for graduation, making it much easier to find a job once the student loans come due.
- First, grease the skids with campaign contributions to key lawmakers.
grease (or British oil) the wheels
- Help something go smoothly: the money is inadequate to grease the wheels of recoveryMore example sentences
- Good communication is the oil that greases the wheels of a great marriage.
- Societies rich in social capital function better than others; their governments do more and do it efficiently even as trust greases the wheels of commerce.
- Although Australian consumers may have greased the wheels of economic growth in recent years, there are now signs that consumer confidence is waning.
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- The pastry was substantial, flaky and greaseless - a tough combination to pull off.
- The frying of tempura, too, is exquisite, lightness itself: the thin brittle batter is greaseless and things like rock shrimps, courgettes and tomatoes are lovely.
- To absorb excess oil, sprinkle a bit of talc on a brush and work it through the hair from scalp to ends to produce a fresh, greaseless finish.
Middle English: from Old French graisse, based on Latin crassus 'thick, fat'.