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adjective [ADJ n]
Journalists sometimes refer to a system or organization that is operating very efficiently as a well-oiled machine. ⇒ ...a well-oiled publicity machine. ⇒ Just as important, it has a well-oiled organization.
The car didn't exactlypurr like a well-oiled machine, but the asthmaticgrowl of the exhaust was reassuring for one reason at least.Adam, Paul A NASTY DOSE OF DEATHThe cleaned and well-oiled gun shone dully in the late afternoon light.Robert Wilson A DARKENING STAINBut there were other selves than the smoothly functioning, well-oiled , quintessentially independentHelena Latimer.Appiganesi, Lisa DREAMS OF INNOCENCE