grease the skids


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grease the skids

Fig. to help prepare for or ease the way for the success or failure of someone or something. Ray set out to grease the skids for the right things to happen. We need someone to grease the skids for the Wilson contract.
See also: grease, skid

grease the skids

tv. to help prepare for the success or failure of someone or something. (see also put the skids under someone/something.) Ray set out to grease the skids for the right things to happen.
See also: grease, skid
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As long as Beltway lobbyists keep persuading (read: paying) members of the Senate and the House to grease the skids for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and medical technology rip-off artists, we'll continue to have substandard, expensive "best-in-the-world" health care.
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In fact, his challenge to the Security Council to adopt a tough resolution helped grease the skids for the Security Council to make the UN more effective, and for President Bush to support the Council's resolution without provoking a backlash from patriotic Americans.
What it does is grease the skids for biblical literalists by glossing over the real differences Americans perceive about what the Bible is, what it says, and what, if anything, its words mean for our daily lives.
On the other hand, it ought to be abundantly clear to everyone that this huge protection payment will grease the skids for approval of the Blues' future rate increases and other regulatory needs -- with no questions asked.
Although by no means a sure thing, the fact that China put some skin in the game might grease the skids for Senate passage of a climate bill.
It can grease the skids in Washington for some powerful companies, while the average citizen doesn't have access.