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but·ter

 (bŭt′ər)
n.
1. A soft yellowish or whitish emulsion of butterfat, water, air, and sometimes salt, churned from milk or cream and processed for use in cooking and as a food.
2. Any of various substances similar to butter, especially:
a. A spread made from fruit, nuts, or other foods: plum butter; cashew butter.
b. A vegetable fat having a nearly solid consistency at ordinary temperatures.
3. Flattery.
tr.v. but·tered, but·ter·ing, but·ters
To put butter on or in.
Phrasal Verb:
butter up
To praise or flatter excessively: You're always buttering up the boss.

[Middle English butere, from Old English, from Latin būtȳrum, from Greek boutūron : bous, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + tūros, cheese; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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butter up

vb
(tr, adverb) to flatter
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.butter up - flatter with the intention of getting something
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly
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butter up

verb
To compliment excessively and ingratiatingly:
Informal: soft-soap, sweet-talk.
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Translations
يُداهِن، يَتَمَلَّق
lichotit
smigre
skjalla
lichotiť
dalkavukluk yapmak

w>butter up

vt sep (inf)schöntun (+dat), → um den Bart gehen (+dat) (inf)
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butter

(ˈbatə) noun
a fatty substance made from cream by churning.
verb
to spread with butter. She buttered the bread.
ˈbuttery adjective
a buttery knife.
ˈbutterfingers noun
a person who is likely to drop things which he or she is carrying.
ˈbutterscotch (-skotʃ) noun
a kind of hard toffee made with butter.
butter up
to flatter (someone) usually because one wants him to do something for one.
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Why not butter up your boss with a melt-in-the-mouth homemade rich-butter shortbread?
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