One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An engine mechanic or an unskilled member of a ship's engine-room crew.
- ‘During the early 1900s all steamships were required to carry the correct number of able seamen, greasers, firemen, trimmers and apprentices or ordinary seamen or boys according to the tonnage of the vessel.’
- ‘The victim held a certificate of competency to perform the duties of a ship's greaser.’
- ‘Motor ships were the main province of greasers.’
- ‘Stokers had to keep the furnaces fed with coal, while greasers kept the machinery parts well oiled.’
- ‘The seamen who steer the ship, lookouts, the firemen in steamers, and greasers in the engine room would also be allocated two watches.’
2informal A rough young man, especially one who greases his hair back and is a member of a motorcycle gang.
- ‘He assures Pony that he doesn't have to be a greaser forever.’
- ‘Shawn was a greaser and Lila was dressed like she was from the fifties, poodle skirt and all.’
- ‘He calls himself a greaser - one of the poor, tough gang of boys who fights with the Socs, a gang of rich, violent boys.’
- ‘And of all the characters, Dan the greaser was definitely the most played out, the one who could be easily shepherded out of the story to correspond with this change of narrative direction.’
- ‘She'll play with me at home, but at school she hangs with the greasers.’
- ‘Maybe it's the diminutive use of his name, but Jonny A seems like some kind of a greaser in a leather jacket.’
- ‘Ponyboy Curtis, a 14 year old greaser, tells the story.’
- ‘A teen in a bouffant hairdo with a greaser jacket tears the poster down and, at the sound of sirens in the distance, leaps over a fence shouting ‘try and catch me, mister law and order!’’
- ‘You can portray yourself as a greaser, a muscle man, a rocker, or a hippie chick, or dozens of other personalities.’
- ‘They are called greasers because of the hair oil they use.’
- ‘That evening there is a big fight between the greasers and the Socs, which the greasers win.’
- ‘To make school interesting, he joined a greaser gang and fought violently with classmates.’
- ‘The plot revolves around the love story between the school greaser Danny and the virtuous newcomer Sandy.’
- ‘Ponyboy Curtis and his brothers, Sodapop and Darry, belong to a group of poor teenage boys called greasers.’
- ‘At dusk, some of the more streetwise black and white birds hang about on the suburb's street corners like 1950s greasers.’
3US offensive, informal A Hispanic American, especially a Mexican.
4informal A gentle landing of an aircraft.‘it is best to try and avoid greasers and attempt a firm landing’
alighting, arrival, coming in, deplaningView synonyms
- ‘The trailing-arm landing gear makes every landing a greaser.’
- ‘Landing is no problem - once you have established your technique with the aircraft, every landing is a greaser.’
- ‘But a little planning and lots of practice can make every landing a greaser.’
- ‘I glided down the runway set up for a great greaser landing! But there is something odd about flight controls in small aircraft.’
- ‘Land firmly, rather than making the smooth, ‘greaser type’ landing.’
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