grease the wheels


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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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grease (or oil) the wheels

make things go smoothly, especially by paying the expenses.
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Perhaps to help grease the wheels, on 10 December 1938, Dan Burley, the drama critic for the New York Amsterdam News, published a review of the unproduced script.
They thought a little touch of levity would grease the wheels of social interchange and make hugging really happen.
Though many challenges remain China's logistics market has evolved markedly in recent years and appears poised to grease the wheels of China's ever-expanding economy.
Everton, while not prioritising this facet of their fine young asset, also know that his value will only increase, helpfully in line with the TV deals from broadcasters which continue to grease the wheels of contemporary Premier League transfer fees akin to the GDP of small nations.
Undoubtedly, the friendship between CBS boss Leslie Moonves and Lionsgate topper Jon Feltheimer helped grease the wheels for the deal.
On the other side of the globe, India, of course, is no stranger to political corruption and the use of money of grease the wheels of big-time contracts with foreign companies is practically standard.
While the reasons for the unexpected announcement are still speculative, it surely did not grease the wheels with organizers that their request to serve alcohol was turned down by Worcester parks officials last year.
If the country holds together after the transition to full sovereignty, it will be because of 1) the militarization of Iraqi society, 2) back-room alliances among the sects, tribes and clans and 3) large oil revenues that will grease the wheels of those political machines.
Over and over, politicians and candidates solicited and accepted bribes to grease the wheels for Dwek, who claimed he needed building permits and other approvals, authorities said.
Export credit insurance is amongst a genre of financial products and services that facilitate and grease the wheels of international trade by protecting the exporters from the risk of payment default by their buyers or importers on one hand, and by offering them a number of indirect and direct financing products on the other hand.
While globally, a lack of trade finance -- crucial letters of credit -- that grease the wheels of commerce were adversely affecting trade, finance experts speaking at the conference argue that they have what it takes to shower Egyptian traders with cash.
A similar option is still available for Israel, one that both would help it save face and grease the wheels of its own indirect negotiations with Syria.
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.