1. [early 16C+] to corrupt, to bribe.
2. [17C] to cheat, to deceive.
3. [20C+] to smooth over problems, esp. from authorities.
4. [late 19C+] to curry favour with, to toady to; thus greasing n.
5. [1900s] (Aus. und.) to pay (for participating in a crime).
6. [20C+] to embellish, to add to.
[late 17C–early 19C] to give money to a rich man or woman.
see under mitt n.
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
1. (also do a grease) to slip away.
2. (also grease out) to go away.
see under chops n.1
see under gills n.1
[late 19C–1910s] (US) to drink alcohol.
[late 16C–early 19C] to bribe someone.
see under duke n.3
see under gash n.1
[1910s–40s] (US) to be run over by a train; to commit suicide by throwing oneself on the tracks.
see under weasel n.
[mid-19C–1900s] to have sexual intercourse.
[1970s+] (Aus. prison/US gay) to prepare with a lubricant for anal sex.
[1940s] (US black campus) a non-specific expression of approval.