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banana oil

Superfluous, disingenuous, or nonsensical talk, especially that which is meant to flatter someone or exaggerate something. Look, I know I won't get past the first round of this tournament, so you can stop feeding me banana oil.
See also: banana, oil

burn the midnight oil

To stay up late working on a project or task. The phrase refers to the outdated practice of using an oil lamp. Denise has been burning the midnight oil trying to finish this report, so she must be exhausted. I'll need to burn the midnight oil to have any chance of finishing this paper before class tomorrow morning.
See also: burn, midnight, oil

pour oil on troubled waters

To calm or settle a tense situation. If those two are arguing again, send mom in to talk to them—she's great at pouring oil on troubled waters.
See also: oil, on, pour, trouble, water

oil (someone's)

hand/palm Informal
1. To bribe: an attorney who tried to oil the judge's hand to obtain a favorable verdict.
2. To give a tip to: oiled the porter's palm.
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You referred to the oil law as a remarkable law," Senator John Sununu (R-NH) told Rice.
Regardless of the shape these contracts take once they are ultimately seen, there will no doubt be plenty of interested oil companies.
For six years, Ron and Alice Asquith, owners of Ojai Olive Oil Inc.
The Ojai Valley is a perfect place for growing olives,'' said Ron Asquith, noting that in the late 1800s, when some of his trees were planted, the oil was made in Ojai on a communal press.
He'll sell us oil relatively cheaply--but intends to keep the petrodollars in Latin America.
His critics, a four-centuries' old white elite, unused to sharing oil wealth, portray him as a Castro-hugging anti-Christ.
A few months later Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Beijing to seek Chinese investment in his country's oil fields.
China's oil companies have become important investors in many oil producing countries.
The good news is that the peak oil doomsters are probably wrong that world oil production is about to decline forever.
Predictions of imminent catastrophic depletion are almost as old as the oil industry.
lt;pre> By their firm agreement with Saudi Arabia, as the largest OPEC oil producer.
Metal expands as it gets hotter, and oil gets thinner or less viscous.
The real issue, they say, is when will the planet reach the peak of oil production, after which a slow decline will inevitably clash with demand that grows at two percent per year.