well-oiled [wel-oild] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- operating with efficiency: a well-oiled department.
- 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.
December 15, 2014
So one is like a brand-new thing, and one is like a well-oiled machine.
October 9, 2014
One step closer to turning the tide of the addiction taboo that operates like well-oiled spin machine.
May 10, 2014
Great athletes are like well-oiled machines, and as such need regular maintenance to make sure they function at their best.
December 20, 2013
The American holiday shopping industry is a well-oiled machine with several interconnecting parts.
October 11, 2013
Historical Examples of well-oiled
Something like a well-oiled and lightly cooked piece of beef.
A key was turned in a well-oiled lock, and he was guided inside a building.
The door of the room opened, turning on its well-oiled hinges.
It is no exaggeration to say that everything went like a well-oiled machine.
A key and a well-oiled lock, and servants that knew everything.
David H. Keller
British Dictionary definitions for well-oiled well-oiled adjective
- (well oiled when postpositive) informal drunk