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Grease the wheels

verb phrase

To make things go smoothly; facilitate (1809+)
Also, oil the wheels. Make things run smoothly, as in You can count on Ben to grease the wheels so we’ll be waited on promptly. This metaphoric expression transfers literal lubrication to figurative. [ Mid-1600s ]


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