Meaning of “butter up someone” in the English Dictionary

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"butter up someone" in American English

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butter up someone

phrasal verb with butter verb

to please someone, esp. by praising that person in order to get him or her to agree to something:

A company wishing to influence the government must butter up both parties in the House and the Senate.

(Definition of “butter up someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)