butter up someone Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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Meaning of "butter up someone" - American English Dictionary

butter up someone

phrasal verb with butter verb
to please someone, esp. by praising that person in order to get him or her to agree to something: A company wishing to influence the government must butter up both parties in the House and the Senate.
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