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grease,

mixture of lubricant and thickener. It is used to reduce friction between surfaces from which oils would leak away or cause damage by dripping, or where lubrication must be assured for extended periods. Many greases are mixtures of mineral oil and soap. The more common of them contain a calcium-base soap that withstands water but not high temperature, or a sodium-base soap that withstands higher temperatures and adheres well but dissolves in water. Other soaps used in greases have bases of lithium, aluminum, barium, or strontium. Nonsoap thickeners include carbon black, which is unaffected by temperature and is therefore used with extreme low-temperature lubricants; silica gel; and bentonite, a clay developed for universal greases. Solid lubricants are sometimes used for extreme bearing pressures and high temperatures. Synthetic oils are sometimes used for special conditions, generally temperature extremes.

grease

[grēs]
(materials)
Rendered, inedible animal fat that is soft at room temperature and is obtained from lard, tallow, bone, raw animal fat, and other waste products.
A lubricant in the form of a solid to semisolid dispersion of a thickening agent in a fluid lubricant, such as petroleum oil thickened with metallic soap.

grease

1. any thick fatty oil, esp one used as a lubricant for machinery, etc.
2. Vet science inflammation of the skin of horses around the fetlocks, usually covered with an oily secretion
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Appointment in government services, admission in school, enjoyment of utility services, almost everything needs gratification, nothing can be had without greasing the palms of the departmental chiefs.
The new twist in the plot leaves behind the old stuff of exploited smalltime filmmakers to feature big ticket Bollywood producers allegedly greasing the palms of CBFC officials for censor clearance.
Nothing moves without greasing the palms of political class and bureaucracy.
Shortly after his release from prison, thanks to fake documents obtained by greasing the palms of guards, in Adana in August 1980, Ural fled to Syria, where he was granted Syrian citizenship, upon instructions from Cemil Assad, brother of Hafiz al-Assad, only six months after his arrival.
Another interesting cat is that all those officers who have got out of turn promotions, are sitting on "lucrative" posts, by allegedly greasing the palms of their mentors-both in police department and the provincial government-.
eCA They alleged not only the disposal of their cases was delayed, but verdicts were eCAhanded down in favour of the people greasing the palms of judges.
Even after including transportation and other expenses -- which include money meant for greasing the palms of police officers at border points -- they make hefty profit by selling the liquor in Delhi," an official said.
Sources told over 200 persons were illegally occupying lobbies and servant quarters in as many as 11 blocks of parliament lodges and were residing there by greasing the palms of CDA staff.
Similarly a number of Afghans in the capital Quetta also complained of police highhandedness and said that they were being released after greasing the palms of the police.
The patently false claims that appeared in an ad in the July 19 Daily News constitute an escalation in a campaign by Browning Ferris Industries (now known as Allied Waste Industries) that, up to this point, has consisted primarily of greasing the palms of local and state politicians with obscene amounts of cash - about a million dollars in the last three years in lobbying expenses and campaign contributions - in its efforts to profit by expanding this dangerous and unneeded waste facility.