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oil up

To cover someone or something in oil, especially in preparation for some task or activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "oil" and "up." That bike's been sitting in the shed for months, so make sure you oil up the chain before you take it out again. They oiled the muscly model up so that his pecs and biceps would shine nicely for the photo shoot.
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oil up

v.
To coat something thoroughly with oil: The mechanic oiled up the engine. The therapist oiled my back up and worked out the knots in my muscles.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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