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butter sb up

informal
phrasal verb with butter uk   /ˈbʌt.ər/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ/ verb [T]
to be very kind or friendly to someone or try to please someone, so that that person will do what you want them to do: You'll have to butter them up a bit before they'll agree.
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