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[noun grees; verb grees, greez] /noun gris; verb gris, griz/

the melted or rendered fat of animals, especially when in a soft state.
fatty or oily matter in general; lubricant.
Also called grease wool. wool, as shorn, before being cleansed of the oily matter.
Also called grease-heel
[grees-heel] /ˈgrisˌhil/ (Show IPA). Veterinary Pathology. inflammation of a horse’s skin in the fetlock region, attended with an oily secretion.
Informal. a bribe.
verb (used with object), greased, greasing.
to put grease on; lubricate:
to grease the axle of a car.
to smear or cover with grease.
to cause to occur easily; smooth the way; facilitate.
Informal. to bribe.
grease someone’s palm. 1 (def 19).
noun (ɡriːs; ɡriːz)
animal fat in a soft or melted condition
any thick fatty oil, esp one used as a lubricant for machinery, etc
Also called grease wool. shorn fleece before it has been cleaned
(vet science) Also called seborrhoea. inflammation of the skin of horses around the fetlocks, usually covered with an oily secretion
verb (transitive) (ɡriːz; ɡriːs)
to soil, coat, or lubricate with grease
to ease the course of: his education greased his path to success
(slang) grease the palm of, grease the hand of, to bribe; influence by giving money to

c.1300, from Anglo-French grece, from Old French gresse, craisse “grease, fat” (Modern French graisse), from Vulgar Latin *crassia “(melted) animal fat, grease,” from Latin crassus “thick, solid, fat” (cf. Spanish grasa, Italian grassa). Grease paint, used by actors, attested from 1888. Grease monkey “mechanic” is from 1928.

c.1300, from grease (n.). Sense of “ply with bribe or protection money” is 1520s, from notion of grease the wheels “make things run smoothly” (mid-15c.). To grease (someone’s) palm is from 1580s. Expression greased lightning, representing something that goes very fast, is American English, by 1832.



To shoot, esp to kill by shooting: He has a gun and might try to grease you (WWII armed forces)

Related Terms

axle grease, elbow grease, grease someone’s palm

[the verb to grease, ”to bribe,” is found by 1557; last two senses fr greasegun, a WWII submachine gun]


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