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English definition of “butter sb up”

butter sb up

informal phrasal verb with butter     /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 .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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