Pour oil on troubled waters

What does "Pour oil on troubled waters" mean?

Today it means: To make things better.

It was found that if oil was poured onto the sea it would have the effect of smoothing out the waves and could therefore make any job in the water a bit easier.

This probably isn't an old saying and the effects are much more likely to have been discovered by accident when a motorised vessel either sank or the crew threw waist oil over the side.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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