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grease the skids

To work to prepare something for success. You've done everything you could to grease the skids—now, it's time to open your online store and hope for the best.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It's a process, he thinks, in which technology has greased the skids. The Internet has erased any time journalists once had to deliberate and evaluate facts before somebody makes them public.
Their warmongering policies and "trickle-down" economic nonsense further enriched the obscenely rich, decimated the middle class, transformed the United States into a dysfunctional mixture of imperial power and Third World country, and greased the skids for their latest corporation snake-oil salesman in our stupefyingly money-dominated election process.
What he elaborates on instead is the way in which, during the late 1960s and the 1970s, important segments of the elite and the intelligentsia again abandoned democratic aspirations, this time in order to embrace various radical ideologies (whether leftist or Islamist), and so greased the skids for Khomeini's 1979 takeover.
He is likely to be remembered most as a brilliant bureaucrat who greased the skids for big business while levying record-breaking fines on TV networks that let the f-word slip through on live TV shows.