pour oil on troubled waters


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pour oil on troubled waters

To attempt to calm a dispute or disturbed situation.
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I suspect that Rhodri Morgan does have spin doctors and special advisers who can pour oil on troubled waters - if he didn't then I doubt Mr Mitchell's letter would have been printed
Thus people who actively seek to create right relationships in society, who heal breaches and pour oil on troubled waters, they are the ones who are doing God's work.