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work the oracle

To manipulate something for one's personal gain (often financially). Primarily heard in UK. In order to win that much money gambling, he must have worked the oracle.
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In point of fact, I wanted to see whether the one below was open, and whether there was the slightest chance of working the oracle with my sheet for a rope.
The update of all updates (versions, Patches, Bug fixes, Knowledge base information) develops in each of the time when interrupting the support until signing a firm contract and keeping it working the oracle license system and the maintenance of the exadata x2-2 team on which oracle licenses are running we offer servicing updates and maintenance as required identified in 3 categ: Cat.
Working the oracle was a form of cheating; the ancient world's equivalent of nobbling the jury.
Last week's 2-1 win against Schalke was just about deserved and maybe new coach Lucien Favre is working the oracle after just over a week in charge.
His last win came under Fallon 15 outings ago, and though plenty will bank on the champion working the oracle again, caution is advised.