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oil

verb [T]
 
 
/ɔɪl/
to put oil on something, especially a machine, to make it work more easily without sticking: You may need to oil the wheels and joints.
oil the wheels informal ( US grease the wheels) to make it easier for something to happen, especially in business or politics: The new proposal will oil the wheels of deal-making by ensuring that the negotiations get off to a quicker start.
Translations of “oil”
in Chinese (Traditional) 給(尤指機器)上油,給…上潤滑油…
in Chinese (Simplified) 给(尤指机器)上油,给…上润滑油…
(Definition of oil verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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