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From Middle English grece (grease), from Anglo-Norman grece, from Old French graisse, from Vulgar Latin *grassia, from Latin crassus (fat, thick). Doublet of crass.

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grease (countable and uncountable, plural greases)

  1. Animal fat in a melted or soft state.
  2. (by extension) Any oily or fatty matter.
  3. Shorn but not yet cleansed wool.
  4. Inflammation of a horse's heels, also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis.
  5. (slang) Money.
    • 1982, Stephen King, Survivor Type:
      Some of the people I talked to said it could be done—but it would cost big money. More grease than I’d ever dreamed of.

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grease (third-person singular simple present greases, present participle greasing, simple past and past participle greased)

  1. (transitive) To put grease or fat on something, especially in order to lubricate.
  2. (transitive, informal) To bribe.
  3. (transitive, informal) To cause to go easily; to facilitate.
  4. (transitive, slang, aviation) To perform a landing extraordinarily smoothly.
    To my amazement, I greased the landing despite the tricky crosswinds.
  5. (transitive, slang) To extinguish the life of.
    Synonyms: wax, wet, baptize, juice up; see also Thesaurus:kill
  6. (transitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulate
    • 2022 November 22, BLP Kosher (lyrics and music), “Chopping Block” (track 3, 1:31 from the start), in BLP Kosher and The Magic Dreidel[1]:
      I’m with a girl, call me Rick, I get my crank on
      Choppa knock him out his briefs, ayy free willy
      He a blood, why the fuck I’m greasin his bitty
  7. (obsolete) To cheat or cozen; to overreach.
  8. To affect (a horse) with grease, the disease.

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