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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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the greasy pole

The route to advancement in one's place of employment or education, likened to a greased pole that is slippery and difficult to climb. I know it's been a hard month, but it's just another upward movement on the greasy pole.
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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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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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the greasy pole

BRITISH
The greasy pole is used to talk about someone's attempts to reach a more successful position in their career. In 1982 he joined the ruling party, since when he has climbed its greasy pole, becoming finance minister in 1991. Michael's plan was to impress the boss and start up the greasy pole. Note: This expression is often used disapprovingly, especially to suggest that success at work is not of great value. Note: In the past, climbing up or along a greasy pole in order to get a prize at the end of it was a popular fairground competition.
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a greasy spoon

INFORMAL
A greasy spoon is a small, cheap, unattractive café that serves mostly fried food. We ate at a greasy spoon called the Step Inn Cafe.
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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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References in classic literature ?
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However, it did take a while to work the cream into my hands and the cream felt a bit greasy on application, but my hands stayed soft all morning.
But many people wear too little sunscreen or don't reapply it often enough - complaining they don't like the greasy, sticky feel that cream, oil, and lotion leaves on their body.
A DELICIOUS maize and potato snack that had a great flavour, but they were a bit too salty and greasy.
99) Verdict:This is no nonsense in plain packaging with no fancy scent but it blitzes the dry bits and lasts well without being overly greasy for a low cost.
WITH lank greasy hair and a frumpy grey hoodie, Britney Spears looks more Frank Gallagher than glamorous pop star.
It is quite greasy, however, so it put me off using it on my face and body.
99Despite claims to the contrary, this low-cost product - okay for a last minute addition to a holiday bag - does leave a greasy film on general application.
Mildly seasoned, not too greasy and far too good to eat with a dip or sauce.
Mr Langrish said it was clear that deliveries of greasy wool were caught up in the general ban on all products from UK livestock, imposed by China in February 2001.
Adrian White, head of Europcar, said: 'We have been amazed by the fantastic response we have had to the awards after our research found that greasy spoons have actually been slipping behind trendy theme pubs and mass market restaurant chains.
Modiano is ranked among the top 1,000 companies in Australia, and is part of a global group of wool buyers and exporters, supplying wool tops as well as greasy and scoured wool.
79) VERDICT: Leaves a slightly greasy film but gives good hydration which lasts.
IT'S a case of who ate all the French fries - Man Utd star Wayne Rooney scoffs greasy chicken and chips during a EuroDisney break.
GREASY breakfasts with cat hairs are something that I do not recall as a feature of John Lennon's former home Mendips (ThereAre Places We Remember ECHO July 21).