grease (one's) hand

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grease (one's) hand

To bribe someone discreetly by slipping money into their hand. A: "How are we going to get a table without a reservation?" B: "Don't worry, I greased the hostess' hand, and she promised us a table in no time." I greased my brother's hand to stop him from telling mom that I had a party while she was away.
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No papers ever move in government departments, including that of the police, unless people generously grease their hands. These people in position can boldly demand bribes, because they have their unions to shield them.