Try to settle a disagreement or dispute with words intended to placate or pacify those involved.
More example sentences
- Needless to say, this sort of rumor-mongering has no place in American politics, and we're proud to be pouring oil on troubled waters, instead of fanning the flames.
- One African minister advised against ‘pouring oil on troubled waters’.
- Pity that their back-benchers brought up the issue on a quiet news day before the last World Cup and have not ceased pouring oil on troubled waters since.
Definition of pour oil on troubled waters in:
- The US English dictionary