Meaning of “butter sb up” in the English Dictionary

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"butter sb up" in British English

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butter sb up

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)