- grease grease [griːs] verb informal1. grease somebody's palm to give someone money in a secret or dishonest way in order to persuade them to do something:
• The chairman finally admitted that he, too, was forced to grease a few palms along the way.2. grease the wheels to help a person, organization, system etc to work better, especially in order to get an advantage:
• By exempting pension funds and unit trusts from income tax, the chancellor has done a lot to grease the wheels of the City's securities business.
* * *grease UK US /griːs/ verb [T]► INFORMAL to make something happen more easily: »
Social connections can help grease the way to business deals.»
The company's charitable donations helped grease its entry into the world of government contracts.● grease sb's palm — Cf. grease sb's palm● grease the wheels — Cf. grease the wheels
Financial and business terms. 2012.