Green’s Dictionary of Slang

grease n.1

1. in fig. uses.

(a) [19C+] money, esp. when given as a bribe or paid as protection money [grease v.1 (1)].

(b) [mid-19C+] flattery, persuasion.

(c) [1940s+] (US) political influence.

2. in lit. uses.

(a) [mid-19C+] (orig. US campus, also grease pot) butter or margarine.

(b) [1910s–50s] (US drugs) opium [the viscosity of the drug].

(c) [1910s+] (US Und.) nitroglycerine.

(d) [1920s+] (US black) vaginal secretions.

(e) [1950s+] (US black/campus) a meal, food.

(f) [1960s+] (gay) any form of lubricant – KY Jelly etc – that facilitates anal intercourse.

In derivatives

greaser (n.)

[1910s] (Aus.) a payment (not necessarily a bribe).

In compounds

ass grease (n.)

1. [1970s] (US gay) a lubricant to facilitate anal intercourse.

2. [1980s] (US) semen, esp. in context of homosexual anal intercourse.

grease job (n.) [job n.2 (2)]

1. [1940s] (US) a bribe.

2. [1940s–60s] (US) insincere flattery.

3. [1950s+] anal intercourse using Vaseline, KY Jelly or a similar lubricant.

grease-man (n.)

[1970s] (US Und.) a safe-blower, who uses nitroglycerine.

grease-palm (n.)

[1970s] (W.I.) a bribe.

grease pit (n.)

1. [1950s–70s] (US drugs) anywhere a drug seller sets up their business.

2. see also SE compounds below.

greasepot (n.)

1. see sense 2a above.

2. see also SE compounds below.

In phrases

hit the grease (v.)

[1950s] to smoke opium.

in the grease (also in the dripping)

[1910s–60s] (US) in serious trouble.

in the grease pit

[1950s] smoking opium.

swim in golden grease (v.)

see under swim v.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

greaseburger (n.) (also greasebomb)

[1960s+] (US) a very greasy or unappetizing hamburger; also attrib.

grease-burner (n.) (also burner)

[1920s–60s] (US) a cook.

grease-gun (n.) [it goes as fast as ‘greased lightning’]

[1940s+] an automatic weapon.

grease-gut (n.)

[1960s] (US) a derog. term for a Mexican or Mexican-American.

greasehound (n.)

[1910s–40s] (US) a mechanic.

grease joint (n.) [joint n. (3b)] [1910s+] (US)

1. (also grease-garage) a cheap or inferior restaurant.

2. a hamburger or hot dog stand.

grease monkey (n.) (also grease-monk) [monkey n. (2c)]

[1910s+] a mechanic.

greasepaint (n.)

[1920s] a generic term for actors.

grease parlor (n.)

1. [1920s] (US) a cheap restaurant, a greasy spoon n.1 (1)

2. [1940s] (US black) a hairdresser’s, a beauty parlour.

grease patty (n.)

[1990s+] (US prison) prison-cooked, chicken-fried steak.

grease pit (n.)

1. [1960s] an unpleasant place.

2. [1960s+] a cheap restaurant.

3. see also sl. compounds above.

grease pot (n.)

1. [1910s–60s] (US) a cook, orig. and usu. in a prison or camp.

2. [1990s+] a term of abuse.

3. see also sl. compounds above.

grease pusher (n.)

[1950s] (US) a mechanic.

grease spot (n.) [mid-19C+] (US)

1. an infinitesimally tiny quantity.

2. the fig. state to which one is reduced after either losing a violent fight or suffering extremely hot weather.

3. [1940s] (US teen) an unappealing individual who is hard to make go away.

In phrases

melt one’s grease (v.)

[mid-19C] to work very hard.