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English definition of “pour oil on troubled waters”

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.Calming and relaxing
(Definition of pour oil on troubled waters from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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