grease the wheels

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of grease the wheels

: to improve an essential or functioning part of an organization, process, etc.
  • They hoped that the tax cuts would grease the wheels of the economy.

Word by Word Definitions

grease play
  1. : rendered animal fat

  2. : oily matter

  3. : a thick lubricant

  1. : to smear or daub with grease

  2. : to lubricate with grease

  3. : to soil with grease

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

  2. : a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such as

  3. : 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

  2. : to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

  3. : to move or extend in a circle or curve


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