butter up

This page is about the phrasal verb butter up.

Meaning: to say nice things to someone before asking them to do something for you or to give you something

Synonym: flatter

For example:

  • butter sb up If my daughter wants something, she butters me up with a hug and a few nice words before asking me for it.

  • butter up sb You'll probably have to butter up the guys who run the place before they'll agree to help you out.

Quick Quiz:

Johnny is very good at buttering somebody up before

a. having them for breakfast

b. doing something for them

c. asking them for something

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Contributor: Matt Errey