grease palm

grease (one's) palm

To bribe someone discreetly, as by slipping money into their palm. A: "How are we going to get a table without a reservation?" B: "Don't worry, I greased the hostess' palm, and she promised us a table in no time." I greased my brother's palm to stop him from telling mom that I had a party while she was away.
See also: grease, palm

grease someone's palm

 and oil someone's palm
Fig. to bribe someone. If you want to get something done around here, you have to grease someone's palm. I'd never oil a police officer's palm. That's illegal.
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To be sure, corruption went beyond electricity, water, construction and various administrative formalities one submitted to but, truth be told, the Lebanese honed unprecedented survival skills that allowed them to grease palms, get their businesses going, and prosper -- albeit on a much more limited scale.
Sean had to grease palms and brave bandits before he found Kim and Jobe in a squalid village in the Chiang Rai province, close to the Burmese border and at the heart of the narcotics freeway known as the Golden Triangle, where poppy crops, not English pounds, are the currency that counts.
In connecting the dots between these text messages and phone calls, the Italian authorities managed to piece together part of the complex financial screen Finmeccanica allegedly managed to put together in order to grease palms and get their VVIP helicopter contract.
A civil society activist, Abdullah Barat, called the arrest a proof of administrative corruption in the attorney office, where people had to grease palms before their cases were tried.
He claimed that the reason was that they had failed to grease palms of certain people.
They could either grease palms, effectively buying the World Cup, they could report it to FIFA, or they could do nothing until all the dust had settled when we could take the moral high ground and claim we had been shafted.
British businessmen tempted to grease palms and make deals with competitors in smoke-filled rooms to clinch lucrative international contracts, could earn themselves jail time and hefty fines from the US courts, warns a West Midlands lawyer.
The West is hardly blameless and too many Western businessmen are prepared to grease palms to get things done.
Sean had to grease palms and brave bandits before he found Kim and Jobe in a squalid village in the Chiang Rai province, close to the Burmese border, and at the heart of the narcotics freeway known as the Golden Triangle, where poppy crops, not English pounds, are the currency that counts.