butter up


Definition of butter up

transitive verb

: to charm or beguile with lavish flattery or praise

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Examples of butter up in a Sentence

a flunky who shamelessly butters up the boss

First Known Use of butter up

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of butter up was in 1819

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to gather or build up little by little

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