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Definition of oiled

1 : lubricated, treated, or covered with or as if with oil oiled paper
2 slang : drunk sense 1a

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Examples of oiled in a Sentence

Place the vegetables in the oiled pan. following the fuel spill, the resulting oiled stretch of roadway had to be closed to traffic

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The two have worked together on ESPN college basketball and form a well-oiled comedy team second to what Walton pulls off more regularly with Dave Pasch on ESPN hoops calls. Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers games on YouTube give fans what Big Cable won’t," 11 Aug. 2019 Clean cooking grate, then repeatedly brush grate with well-oiled paper towels until grate is black and glossy, 5 to 10 times. Pat tuna dry with paper towels. Washington Post, "How to grill tuna with a smoky char and a tender interior," 22 July 2019 Form the patties using well-oiled hands and grill over medium-high. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "A Veggie Burger Recipe That Doesn't Have 15 Ingredients for Once," 20 June 2018 Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm, draft-free place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1½ to 2 hours. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Reem’s Za’atar Man’oushe," 2 Aug. 2019 This consumer brand is a well-oiled marketing machine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Did Nike make the right move recalling Betsy Ross shoes?," 12 July 2019 Place thighs, bone-side down, on a lightly oiled cooking sheet. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "The thighs have it! Chicken pieces keep juicy flavor," 25 June 2019 With a lightly oiled, sharp knife, cut slab lengthwise into 10 even strips and crosswise into 4 even strips for 40 individual rectangular pieces. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 Connected to an overboard pipe, the device continually streams ocean water through filters that extract fish larvae for collection, and is part of the well-oiled scientific machinery that occupies every usable space on the ship. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanographers mark seven-decade survey of the California Current," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of oiled

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of oiled was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of oiled

: treated or covered with oil

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