buddy up

Definition of buddy up

US, informal
:to become friendly especially in order to get help or some advantage often + with
  • New students are encouraged to buddy up with older students.
often + to
  • businessmen buddying up to politicians in order to get their support

Word by Word Definitions

buddy play
  1. : companion, partner

  2. : friend

  3. : fellow

  1. : to become friendly

  1. : featuring a friendship or partnership between the two main usually male characters

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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