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English definition of “pour oil on troubled waters”

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pour oil on troubled waters

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to do or say something in order to make people stop arguing and become calmer: My husband's always arguing with my father, and I'm the one who has to pour oil on troubled waters.
Translations of “pour oil on troubled waters”
in Chinese (Traditional) 平息風波,調停爭端…
in Chinese (Simplified) 平息风波,调停争端…
(Definition of pour oil on troubled waters from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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