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a/the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil

Definition of a/the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil

  1. —used to say that someone who complains or causes problems is more likely to receive attention or help than someone who stays quiet and does not cause problems



Word by Word Definitions

wheelplay
  1. :  a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle

    :  a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: as

    :  a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)

  1. :  to turn on or as if on an axis :  revolve

    :  to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

    :  to move or extend in a circle or curve

getplay gets
  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

greaseplay
  1. :  rendered animal fat

    :  oily matter

    :  a thick lubricant

  1. :  to smear or daub with grease

    :  to lubricate with grease

    :  to soil with grease

  1. :  any of numerous unctuous combustible substances that are liquid or can be liquefied easily on warming, are soluble in ether but not in water, and leave a greasy stain on paper or cloth

    :  petroleum

    :  the petroleum industry

  1. :  to smear, rub over, furnish, or lubricate with oil

    :  to take on fuel oil


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