Definition of grease in English:


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Pronunciation: /griːs


[mass noun]
  • 2Animal fat used or produced in cooking: the kitchen walls were black with grease and filth
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    • 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.
    fat, oil, cooking oil, animal fat; lard, suet, butter, margarine, dripping


Pronunciation: /griːs
, griːz
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  • Smear or lubricate with grease: grease a shallow baking dish (as adjective greased) a greased baking sheet
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    • 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.
    lubricate, oil, smear with grease/oil, make slippery, make smooth, make oily


grease the palm of

informal Bribe (someone): the branch is alleged to have greased the palms of 130 politicians
[grease expressing the sense 'cause to run smoothly' and palm, by association with the taking of money]
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  • 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 wheels (or skids)

informal , chiefly North American Help matters run smoothly: he used his budgetary skills to grease the skids for new projects
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  • 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.

like greased lightning

see lightning.
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  • Another gig of memory will make it run like greased lightning.
  • Get it on the highway, and it moves like greased lightning.
  • It glides like greased lightning, making ironing fast and easy.



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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'.

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