pour oil on troubled waters

Definition of pour oil on troubled waters

chiefly British

  1. :  to try to make peace between people who are arguing

Word by Word Definitions

pourplay
  1. :  to cause to flow in a stream

    :  to dispense from a container

    :  to supply or produce freely or copiously

  1. :  the action of pouring :  stream

    :  an instance of pouring or an amount poured

    :  a heavy fall of rain :  downpour

  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

troubled
  1. :  concerned, worried

    :  exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems

    :  characterized by or indicative of trouble


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