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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An International Business Times poll found that 62 percent of Americans opposed Trade Promotion Authority, or fast track - the legislative process that would grease the skids for congressional approval of the TPP - with 43 percent "strongly" opposing it.
If fast track passes, it will simply grease the skids for trade agreements that contribute to an increase in our nation s trade deficit, while doing little to open markets for U.
And as sanctions legislation is pushed through Congress, Iran's bluster and bluffs will only be given validation by Republican and Democratic hawks eager to grease the skids for enacting harder-line U.
He felt those factors would grease the skids for a significant slide in property values that could last more than just a few years.
The Soviet lies regurgitated by Duranty, and retailed by the Times to the public, helped grease the skids for U.
Elliott notes that in today's environmental awareness, boat haulers don't grease the skids with grease anymore.
It can grease the skids in Washington for some powerful companies, while the average citizen doesn't have access.
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.
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.
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.
Kennedy reminded voters that, though some had suggested he bow out of the race to grease the skids for favorite-son Sen.