buddy up


[buhd-ee] Informal.
noun, plural buddies.
comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
verb (used without object), buddied, buddying.
to be a companion; be friendly or on intimate terms.
Verb phrases
buddy up,
to become friendly; be on friendly or intimate terms.
to work closely together: to buddy up with a student from another high school.
buddy up to, to become friendly with or curry the favor of: He was buddying up to the political bosses.

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps reduced form of brother

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buddy (ˈbʌdɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an informal word for friend Also called (as a term of address): bud
2.  a volunteer who visits and gives help and support to a person suffering from AIDS
3.  a volunteer who gives help and support to a person who has become disabled but is returning to work
vb , -dies, -dying, -died
4.  (intr) to act as a buddy to a person suffering from AIDS
[C19: probably a baby-talk variant (US) of brother]

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Word Origin & History

1850, Amer.Eng., possibly an alteration of brother, or from British colloquial butty "companion" (1802), itself perhaps a variant of booty in booty fellow "confederate who shares plunder" (1520s). But butty, meaning "work-mate," also was a localized dialect word in England and Wales, attested since 18c.,
and long associated with coal miners. Short form bud is attested from 1851.
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Idioms & Phrases

buddy up

Be very friendly, as in He is always wanting to buddy up with me, but I don't really like him. [Slang; early 1900s]

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