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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 them, so that they will do what you want them to do
奉承(某人);拍(某人的)马屁
You'll have to butter them up a bit before they'll agree.
你得奉承他们一下,他们才会同意。
Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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