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greasy spoon

A small restaurant or diner, especially one that serves fried foods. Every time I go on a road trip, I make it a point to stop at a greasy spoon for at least one of my meals.
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greasy spoon

Fig. a cheap diner, where the silverware might not be too clean. The corner greasy spoon is always busy at lunchtime.
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a greasy spoon

  (informal)
a small, cheap restaurant which mainly serves fried food of a low quality There's a greasy spoon on the corner of his street where he usually has breakfast.
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the greasy pole

  (British & Australian)
the attempt to improve your position at work His ascent up the greasy pole of academic advancement was remarkably quick.
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greasy spoon

A cheap restaurant, especially one serving short-order fried foods. For example, College students short of cash tend to eat a lot in that greasy spoon. This expression also implies that the restaurant is not very clean. [c. 1900]
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greasy spoon

n. an untidy and unappetizing diner or restaurant. Let’s eat at the greasy spoon over on Maple. The food is gross, but the people-watching is good.
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It's absorbed quickly too, rather than sitting greasily on the lips, to leave skin smooth and moisturised.
He was dressed in the bottom-half of army camouflage and looked, with his hair capped greasily in intense black dye, a little like a menacing Felix the Cat (1940s version).
They can be as healthy as you like, with some pesto, chicken, salad or tuna, or as greasily indulgent as one's basest desires allow, dripping with bacon, eggs, meatballs or six types of cheese.
Disraeli, Salisbury, and Gladstone were portrayed rather harmlessly as (respectively) greasily unctuous, self-satisfied, and eye-glazingly boring.
Uncle Buddy parted his hair on the side and brushed it to the left in a symphony of confident curls and greasily voluptuous waves that drove his wife crazy and earned him a well-deserved reputation as a ladies man.