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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.
(Definition of butter sb up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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