noun[mass noun] informal
Bribery used to secure illicit advantages or gains in politics or business: after considerable palm-greasing, the plan for a commercial building was approved
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- In the initial phase of their ascent on the ladder of material prosperity they had indulged in some palm-greasing themselves.
- Ever since the scandal of extensive palm-greasing to secure the winter Games for Salt Lake City, the Olympic process has been hardened up.
- Much of the corruption takes the form of bureaucratic palm-greasing, with clerks demanding small bribes to stamp forms or police officers at checkpoints requiring truck drivers to pay to enter cities.
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