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to be in a high state of grease

German translation: heavily oiled

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English term or phrase:to be in a high state of grease
German translation:heavily oiled
Entered by: Kim Metzger
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18:26 Apr 4, 2004
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Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: to be in a high state of grease
....when the chief huntsman came to say that Omar Pasha would now receive them.
They found the Dey in a fairly high state of grease and good humour. Stephen bowed and said, 'May I present His Britannic Majesty's government's greetings and good wishes to His Highness Omar Pasha?'
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Explanation:
According to the OED, to be in a "state of grace" is to be "subject to divine regenerating, inspiriting, strengthening influence." If this is not a typo and the text is somewhat comical, it could mean the pasha was heavily oiled, covered in body ointments.
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Kim Metzger
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thanks! "heavily oiled, covered in body ointments" seems to make some sense
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11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
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Explanation:
According to the OED, to be in a "state of grace" is to be "subject to divine regenerating, inspiriting, strengthening influence." If this is not a typo and the text is somewhat comical, it could mean the pasha was heavily oiled, covered in body ointments.

Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 22:47
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thanks! "heavily oiled, covered in body ointments" seems to make some sense

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agree  gremberg: sounds reasonable
15 hrs

neutral  mikeondabass: This quotation is almost certainly from one of the Patrick O'Brian novels. O'Brian uses the expression (probably derived from 19th century writing) to describe someone who has eaten well, especially if a lot of meat has been eaten, hence the grease.
3826 days
  -> Or maybe from Stephen Maturin? Feeling ‘in a high state of grease’ (as Stephen Maturin would put it) from too much eating and too little moving … http://www.healingphilosophy.com/2009_12_01_archive.html
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