pour oil on troubled waters


pour oil on troubled waters
to do or say something in order to make people stop arguing and become calmer.

She was furious with Dave for forgetting her birthday so I tried to pour oil on troubled waters by offering to take them both out for a meal.


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  • pour oil on troubled waters — see under ↑water • • • Main Entry: ↑pour pour oil on troubled waters To take measures to calm down a stormy state of affairs, from the effect of pouring oil on rough water • • • Main Entry: ↑water * * * pour oil on troubled waters phrase to try… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pour oil on troubled waters — If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pour oil on troubled waters — ► pour oil on troubled waters try to calm a dispute with placatory words. Main Entry: ↑pour …   English terms dictionary

  • pour oil on troubled waters —    If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If a person pours oil on troubled waters, they do or say something to calm a tense situation.     James is a good negotiator, and is …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pour oil on troubled waters — calm down a quarrel, say something to lessen anger and bring peace to a situation They tried to pour oil on troubled waters after they noticed the argument among the students …   Idioms and examples

  • pour oil on troubled waters — verb To calm something or someone who is tenacious or misbehaving. I better go pour oil on those troubled waters the children are making over there …   Wiktionary

  • pour oil on troubled waters — {v. phr.} To quiet a quarrel; say something to lessen anger and bring peace. * /The troops were nearing a bitter quarrel until the leader poured oil on the troubled waters./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pour oil on troubled waters — {v. phr.} To quiet a quarrel; say something to lessen anger and bring peace. * /The troops were nearing a bitter quarrel until the leader poured oil on the troubled waters./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pour\ oil\ on\ troubled\ waters — v. phr. To quiet a quarrel; say something to lessen anger and bring peace. The troops were nearing a bitter quarrel until the leader poured oil on the troubled waters …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pour oil on troubled waters — Meaning Attempt to calm a problematic situation. Origin From the property of oil of flattening out the ripples on water when it spreads over it very thinly …   Meaning and origin of phrases


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