well-oiled [wel-oild] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. operating with efficiency: a well-oiled department.
  2. Slang. drunk.

Origin of well-oiled First recorded in 1730–40 Examples from the Web for well-oiled Contemporary Examples of well-oiled

  • It was such a well-oiled, fun, beautiful production machine.

    The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll

    Abby Haglage

    December 15, 2014

  • So one is like a brand-new thing, and one is like a well-oiled machine.

    Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over

    Marlow Stern

    October 9, 2014

  • One step closer to turning the tide of the addiction taboo that operates like well-oiled spin machine.

    Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    Abby Haglage

    May 10, 2014

  • Great athletes are like well-oiled machines, and as such need regular maintenance to make sure they function at their best.

    Why You Should Train Like an Athlete (Even If You Aren’t One)


    December 20, 2013

  • The American holiday shopping industry is a well-oiled machine with several interconnecting parts.

    The Shutdown that Stole Christmas?

    Daniel Gross

    October 11, 2013

  • Historical Examples of well-oiled

  • Something like a well-oiled and lightly cooked piece of beef.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • A key was turned in a well-oiled lock, and he was guided inside a building.

    The Sins of Sverac Bablon

    Sax Rohmer

  • The door of the room opened, turning on its well-oiled hinges.

    A Winter Amid the Ice

    Jules Verne

  • It is no exaggeration to say that everything went like a well-oiled machine.

    The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2

    Roald Amundsen

  • A key and a well-oiled lock, and servants that knew everything.

    Tiger Cat

    David H. Keller

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-oiled well-oiled adjective

    1. (well oiled when postpositive) informal drunk

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