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tr.v., oiled, oil·ing, oils.
To lubricate, supply, cover, or polish with oil.
oil (someone's) hand (or palm) Informal.
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- To bribe: an attorney who tried to oil the judge's hand to obtain a favorable verdict.
- To give a tip to: oiled the porter's palm.
[Middle English, from Old French oile, from Latin oleum, olive oil, from Greek *elaiwon, elaion, from *elaiwā, elaiā, olive.]