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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Oil the Knocker (To).
 
To fee the porter. The expression is from Racine, “On n’entre point chez lui sans graisser le marteau” (“No one enters his house without oiling the knocker”). (Les Plaideurs.)   1
 


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