butter up
transitive verb Date: 1819 to charm or beguile with lavish flattery or praise

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • butter up — verb flatter with the intention of getting something • Syn: ↑brown nose • Hypernyms: ↑flatter, ↑blandish • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody Sam cannot butter up Sue * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • butter up — v. (colloq.) (d; intr.) to butter up to (he keeps buttering up to the boss) * * * (colloq.) (d; intr.) to butter up to (he keeps butter uping up to the boss) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • butter up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms butter up : present tense I/you/we/they butter up he/she/it butters up present participle buttering up past tense buttered up past participle buttered up informal to be nice to someone so that they will help… …   English dictionary

  • butter up — PHRASAL VERB If someone butters you up, they try to please you because they want you to help or support them. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V P n (not pron)] The bank has to butter up both investors and intermediaries because it is in a fiercely competitive… …   English dictionary

  • butter up — {v.}, {informal} To try to get the favor or friendship of (a person) by flattery or pleasantness. * /He began to butter up the boss in hope of being given a better job./ Compare: POLISH THE APPLE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • butter up — {v.}, {informal} To try to get the favor or friendship of (a person) by flattery or pleasantness. * /He began to butter up the boss in hope of being given a better job./ Compare: POLISH THE APPLE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • butter up — verb To flatter, especially with the intent of personal gain. He takes every opportunity to butter up the boss …   Wiktionary

  • butter\ up — v informal To try to get the favor or friendship of (a person) by flattery or pleasantness. He began to butter up the boss in hope of being given a better job. Compare: polish the apple …   Словарь американских идиом

  • butter up — butter (someone) up to praise someone in order to get them to like you or do what you want. The magazine tried to get her to write an article by buttering her up …   New idioms dictionary

  • butter up — be nice to, suck up to    Butter him up before you ask to borrow his car …   English idioms

  • butter up — v To flatter in order to get something from someone. Don t think I ll loan you the money if you butter me up. 1700s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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