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to grease the hand
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grease \Grease\ (gr[=e]z or gr[=e]s; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Greased (gr[=e]zd or gr[=e]sd); p. pr. & vb. n. Greasing.] [1913 Webster] 1. To smear, anoint, or daub, with grease or fat; to lubricate; as, to grease the wheels of a wagon. [1913 Webster] 2. To bribe; to corrupt with presents. [1913 Webster] The greased advocate that grinds the poor. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To cheat or cozen; to overreach. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 4. (Far.) To affect (a horse) with grease, the disease. [1913 Webster] To grease in the hand, To grease the hand, to corrupt by bribes. --Usher. [1913 Webster]