Grease Someone’s Palm

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Any act which involves corruption to get benefited

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  • Grease is an emollient or oil which is used to lubricate machinery to make it work smoothly. In this expression what is grease that make things smooth? It is money that gets things working and moving. Often in restaurant, to have a best table, you give some money to head waiter, when you want a repairman to come on Sunday, you grease his palm secretly to get your work done. The expression was used in ancient Roman as well referring to the use of bribery in past.
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In a society plagued with nepotism, you will have to grease someone’s palm to get your work done.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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