pour oil on troubled waters

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To calm something or someone who is tenacious or misbehaving.

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  • From the ancient practice of pouring oil on the sea's waves to calm them.
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I better go pour oil on those troubled waters the children are making over there.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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Pour Oil on Troubled WatersTo calm down the tense situation, to sooth someone in anger or tension
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