Butter up – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To butter up somebody (or butter somebody up) is to flatter or be very nice to someone so that they will do what you want them to do.

Examples of use:

1. A. You’re looking very beautiful today – I love your new hairstyle and you have such gorgeous eyes.

    B. Are you trying to butter me up?

2. He desperately wants a promotion so he’s always trying to butter up our boss.

3. I tried buttering her up but she still wouldn’t lend me her new boots.

4.The MPs are buttering up the voters before the election.

5. You’ll have to butter her up a bit before she’ll agree to spending so much money on a new car.

butter up
present simple
butter up and butters up
-ing form
buttering up
past simple
buttered up
past participle
buttered up

Can you write a sentence using this phrasal verb? 

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