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butter someone up

butter someone up in Culture

butter someone up definition


To praise or flatter someone excessively: “Percy was always buttering up the boss, so he was surprised when he failed to get a promotion.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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