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"grease" in British English

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greasenoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡriːs/
animal or ​vegetablefat that is ​soft after ​melting, or more ​generally, any ​thick oil-like ​substance: The ​dinnerplates were ​thick with grease. You'll have to put some grease on those ​ballbearings.

greaseverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡriːs/
to put ​fat or ​oil on something: Grease the ​tins well before ​adding the ​cakemixture.
(Definition of grease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grease" in American English

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greasenoun [U]

 us   /ɡris/
animalfat that is ​soft after ​melting: There’s always a lot of grease when you ​cooklamb. Grease is also any ​thick, ​oilysubstance: You ought to put some grease on that ​hinge.
grease
verb [T]  us   /ɡris, ɡriz/
Grease the ​pan.
(Definition of grease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"grease" in Business English

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greaseverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡriːs/
informal to make something ​happen more easily: Social ​connections can ​help grease the way to ​businessdeals. The company's ​charitabledonations helped grease its ​entry into the ​world of ​governmentcontracts.
grease sb's palm disapproving to give someone ​money secretly so that they will make things ​happen in the way that you want: They ​managed to ​pull off the ​deal without greasing any palms. They were expecting their palms to be greased with ​bribes.
grease the wheels informal (US also grease the skids) to make something ​happen more easily: More ​investment is needed to grease the wheels of ​reform.
(Definition of grease from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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