buddy up

phrasal verb

buddied up; buddying up; buddies 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

Examples of buddy up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cameron needs to find a way to get in good with anyone willing to buddy up with him and build from there. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2023 Talking Sofia Vergara and Jimmy Fallon catch up during her appearance on The Tonight Show on Jan. 16. 10 of 100 Screen Partners Nat Wolff and Lucy Hale buddy up at a SAG-AFTRA Foundation conversation about their rom-com Which Brings Me to You in New York City on Jan. 16. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 Among those pranking him is James Marsden, who plays a not-quite-real version of himself and buddies up to Gladden as the two of them are chosen to serve on a jury. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2023

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“Buddy up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddy%20up. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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