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March 7, 2015 - Word of the Day

grease

 

We often use the words "grease" or "greasy" for the presence of a slippery or oily substance, especially in food:

  • Fast food has a lot of grease in it.
  • Fried chicken is greasy.

The word "greasy" is an adjective:

  • It's not a good idea to eat a lot of greasy food because it contains so much unhealthy fat.
  • The pizza we ate last night was good, but it was a little greasy.
  • Tom likes greasy food, like hamburgers and french fries.
  • The kitchen at the diner is all greasy because of the deep-frying that they do there. (A diner is a small restaurant that specializes in fast food.)

hamburger and fries A hamburger and french fries may taste good, but sometimes this popular food combination is a little too greasy.

Grease is a lubricating substance that reduces friction between moving parts.

  • A mechanic gets a lot of grease on his hands while working on cars.
  • The wheel stopped squeaking after a little grease was applied to it.

grease on face  After working on his car all day, he has some grease on his face.

  • It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. (This an expression. It means that a person who complains loudly enough will get more attention paid to his or her problem.)

 

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