well-oiled

adjective \ ˈwel-ˈȯi(-ə)ld \

Definition of well-oiled

: smoothly functioning
  • a well-oiled political machine

First Known Use of well-oiled

1817

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WELL-OILED Defined for English Language Learners

well-oiled

Definition of well-oiled for English Language Learners

  • : working in a proper and successful way


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