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butter up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v butter up flatter with the intention of getting something
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Usage

In literature:

The table was shoved up, a cup of tea poured out, and Mrs. Jersey cut bread and butter.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Dissolve the butter in a stewpan, place in the beans, the onion cut up, and the water, and boil for two hours; add salt.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
Just then the men who had been below came hurrying up, bearing the powder as coolly as if it was so much butter.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
I don't know how the old lady lives up there, but it's without butter, I reckon.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Or boil in salt and water, dry them, dip them into butter, fry, and serve them up with melted butter.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Add cayenne pepper, salt, a pint of milk, or half a pint of cream, with a small piece of butter beaten up with flour.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Beat the eggs up, and mix them with half-a-pint of new milk; stir into the butter; then add the flour; and, last of all, the fruit.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Scrambled: First stir the eggs up and after putting some butter in the frying-pan, stir the eggs in it after adding a little condensed milk.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
He spent L1,000 on a butter weigh-house, L500 on a market yard, and tidied up the green at a cost of L300.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I never really knowed a thing about bread, except that you put butter on it, until I give that place the up and down.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Wal, when I'm up against police butters-in, or any vermin like that, I leave my jewelry right home.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
And the first thing you know you've loaded yourself up with cake or bread-and-butter and spoiled your appetite for dinner.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
You may take his life, but he won't give up his trick; it's his pride, his pleasure, and his bread and butter.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
When materials are used up, pour over the pint of milk; and the butter cut in small pieces is placed on the top last.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
We dug up large pigs of lead, bars of iron, sheets of copper, pits of grain, vats of ghee (a kind of butter), but no money.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Boil up and add an ounce of butter.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
Trying to butter him up, perhaps.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
The butter is all puffing up!
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
Butter milk is also prepared by allowing milk to sour and then breaking up the curd by stirring.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
One end of the wand has an opening which is stopped up with a piece of butter.
"Magic" by Ellis Stanyon
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In poetry:

When ready, just run up and call me—
At eight, to the office I go,
Lest poverty, grim, should o'ertake us—
"'Tis bread and butter," you know.
"The Coming Woman" by Mary Weston Fordham
"But if you find him with his friends,
The thing is rather harder.
In such a case success depends
On picking up some candle-ends, Or butter, in the larder.
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
Forget there are any political rings
Just think of the butter and eggs and things;
So wash off the buggy and hitch up the mare,
And we'll all go out to the county fair.
"The County Fair" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Nah, dooan't touch mi thimel or needle an threead;
Sit daan like a gooid little child as tha art;
Wol aw wipe up this mess, an side th' butter an breead,
Then aw'll gie thi a penny to buy thi a tart.
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley
With buttered toast he told his wife:
"My dear, you can't say I've been rash;
Three fortune tellers said my life
Would end up in an air-plane crash.
But see! I'm here so safe and sound:
By gad! I'll never leave the ground.
"Tea On The Lawn" by Robert W Service

In news:

CourtesyDanielle Mandella with her award-winning Meat Roll-Ups, an interesting combination of salami, carrots and peanut butter.
The urge to check cell phones, update Facebook statuses or text a friend in the lobby to pick-up a large popcorn with extra butter is now the new norm.
The Lexington Fire Department is setting up a meeting with officials at the JIF peanut butter plant to try to figure out why there's been another small explosion at the factory.
Ashley Greene Hopes to "Butter" Up Her Fans With A Foray Into Comedy.
Some say you should peel back the husk, remove the silk, then butter and season the corn and wrap it back up to grill.
Too Good to Pass Up Peanut Butter Pie.
Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D LauckThis Peanut Butter Fudge recipe cooks up in the slow cooker, freeing up precious space on the stovetop.
2 tablespoons butter, cut up.
Malika Ameen has wowed New York, L.A. Now she's buttering up her hometown.
I grew up with the crew of the Guppy (the Cap'ns ship), Sea Dog and even Smedley the Peanut Butter Crunch elephant.
A creative peanut butter sandwich could be worth up to $25,000 for college.
The Good News Chef Kevin Graham rolls up trout fillets and poaches them in a delicate white-wine broth flavored with juniper berries and enriched with a little butter.
Peanut butter lovers listen up.
Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up.
If you've given up on peanut butter because of the high fat and calorie count, did you know there's an alternative.
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In science:

We identify strip 3 of the butterfly with the sets in the instance, and using ideas similar to our proof for k > 2 for ruling out alternative routes, show that up to a constant factor, the optimal 2-TC-spanner contains only shortcuts from strip 1 to a minimum set-cover in strip 3.
Transitive-Closure Spanners
We prove a theorem about magnification relations for all generic general caustic singularities up to codimension five: folds, cusps, swallowtail, elliptic umbilic, hyperbolic umbilic, butterfly, parabolic umbilic, wigwam, symbolic umbilic, 2nd elliptic umbilic, and 2nd hyperbolic umbilic.
A Universal Magnification Theorem II. Generic Caustics up to Codimension Five
Unlike butterflies, microbial species membership is not clear from visual inspection, so individuals are defined to be members of the same species (or more general taxonomic group) if their DNA sequences (derived from a certain gene) are identical up to some given percentage, 95% in this case.
Population size estimation based upon ratios of recapture probabilities
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