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grease someone's palm Informal

Meaning: If you grease someone's palm, you pay them a bribe.

For example:

  • The only way to get a government contract around here is to grease someone's palm.

  • If you want to get out of jail, grease the warden's palm and the guards will let you escape.

Quick Quiz:

It was obvious that many people had greased the chief of police's palm because he had
  1. become very poor
  2. become very rich
  3. become very greasy

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