grease (one's) palm

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grease (one's) palm

To bribe one discreetly, as by slipping money into their palm. A: "How are we going to get a table without a reservation?" B: "Don't worry, I greased the hostess' palm, and she promised us a table in no time." I greased my brother's palm to stop him from telling Mom that I had a party while she was away.
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grease someone's palm

 and oil someone's palm
Fig. to bribe someone. If you want to get something done around here, you have to grease someone's palm. I'd never oil a police officer's palm. That's illegal.
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grease somebody’s ˈpalm

(old-fashioned, informal) give somebody money in order to persuade them to do something dishonest: Luckily, Mick was able to grease a few palms, thus helping his brother to escape.
This phrase refers to the fact that you put grease (= a thick substance like oil) on a machine to make it run smoothly.
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They raised voice against no change in the attitude of Patwar and accused them of not serving locals without greasing palm, noise pollution and traffic jam by Rakshas,contamination of environment by marble factories waste, use of loud speakers by commodities selling vehicles, unboarding passengers at Ambela check post, excessive load shedding especially power outage during Fajar prayer,suspension work on Pir Baba feeder, deforestation for sale of timbers and absent from duty, no secretary in the union council Pacha and Gadezai, unhygenic environment in jurisdiction of municipal committees, lacking services at DHQ hospital Daggar and late arrival of health staff of THQ hospital Pacha.
While the ease of doing business is about how difficult it is to secure all the sanctions to start a business in India, the smart ones know that greasing palms increases the ease and it is worthwhile to take the risk because the chances of success are huge.
Member National Assembly Ramesh Lal asked a question to Chairman Evacuee Board Trust that it was revealed that rooms at Nankana Sahib were given for greasing palms of concerned officials.
The real killers of African elephants are criminal enterprises with the ability to establish and maintain supply chains stretching from the forests of Africa to the markets of Asia, greasing palms and paying off corrupt officials every step of the way.
Even after including transportation and other expenses ( which includes money meant for greasing palms of police officials deployed at several border points) they make hefty profit by selling the liquor in Delhi," he said.
If I produce a pair of leather shoes for RS 500, I have to add on RS 100 for various taxes, another RS 200 for greasing palms.
It should not come as a surprise when I write that Eastern and Asian cultures have been notorious for the practice of greasing palms.
Maybe the NRA, instead of greasing palms of millionaire lawmakers, can fund a national Gun Registry (like the RMV) and an insurance agency to ensure that their camo-clad cousins get their guns.
Bribery, extortion, obstacles to progress removed or kept in place by greasing palms - all have become common in our society.
If one approaches a help window, the immediate reply is 'no seat is available' but one could get as many seats as he/she likes by greasing palms of the 'agents'.
She was fully supported by the Labour opposition, who were rewarded by the "Minister for Greasing Palms and Backhanders" with non-executive directorships and seats on quangos and the House of Lords.
We are told that even before Newell blew the whistle the Football League had been drawing up plans to ban the practice of greasing palms.
The trail has led to civilian firms being suspected of greasing palms to win money-spinning contracts to build or equip the network of security bases.
HOLD the front page - big business oils the wheels of their big deals by greasing palms.
Into this deadly morass wanders Miguel Cadena (Yancey Arias), whose education exceeds that of most in his family and who is determined to run the business as a business - trading favors with the feds, greasing palms here, extorting foes there.