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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Stevie and Poppy try to pour oil on troubled waters, but uncomfortable truths are revealed, pushing one of the Murdochs over the edge.
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.