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grease the wheels

To facilitate, expedite, ease, or aid something or some process; to make or help things run more smoothly or more easily. Hopefully, this shift in public opinion will help grease the wheels of immigration reform. The clients have been reluctant to sign on for another year, so the boss is offering a cash incentive to help grease the wheels.
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grease the wheels

Also, oil the wheels. Make things run smoothly, as in You can count on Ben to grease the wheels so we'll be waited on promptly. This metaphoric expression transfers literal lubrication to figurative. [Mid-1600s]
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Until the banks persuade themselves that they have seen the worst of it the credit markets that grease the wheels of everybody's economy cannot return to normal.
As Lord Stevens and his Quest team gave the deepest insight yet into the murky world of the men who grease the wheels of the beautiful game, the most oily-fingered of the lot was at the top of the hit-list.
Newmark is buying a portion of the Gale Company, the real estate firm that Mack-Cali purchased last year for $500 million, and the source said the agency work was likely included as an added perk that will grease the wheels of the transaction.
How many of those Essex boys who grease the wheels of the City of London dealing everything from cocoa to kumquats could say the same?
5 to 1 percentage point for the CPI) and then add an additional amount, perhaps another percentage point, to provide that extra latitude for the FOMC to ease, if necessary, and to grease the wheels of the labor market.
Nancy (Marcia Gay Harden), the prototypical ugly American abroad, thinks a well-placed bribe is the best way to grease the wheels of an international adoption.
In practice, it's probably the most secure date on the F1 calendar: the men who pour in the millions needed to grease the wheels of this absurdly expensive sport expect one opportunity a year to park up their yachts trackside.
It was also prepared to make concessions to grease the wheels of progress.
The ESDC tried to avoid the current situation and grease the wheels for the project's approval by attempting to position the station plan in recent weeks as simply the first phase in a greater overall vision for the site's redevelopment that could also eventually include MSG.
If Newell is right, those "major worries" will involve the biggest names in the game, from elite managers to club directors, as well as the agents who grease the wheels.
FLORA TALLINN have offered to grease the wheels of Mart Poom's move from Derby County to Everton by taking a cut in the sell-on fee.
Symbolic and piecemeal gestures might be sufficient to grease the wheels of politics and generate positive publicity, but they're insufficient for the task of overcoming an urban epidemic.
The law is also expected to substantially grease the wheels of e-commerce, enabling consumers not only to apply for a mortgage or life insurance policy online but also to complete the contract over the Internet.
In many countries, the central bank is led by faceless, dark-suited gentlemen who silently grease the wheels of capitalism.
HE IS the agent of choice for Chelsea, Manchester United and others, the Mr Fixit who knows how to grease the wheels that make the football business work.