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1. To pair together with someone. OK, kids, buddy up and start working on the assignment.
2. To be overly or obnoxiously friendly with someone, often for personal gain. He's clearly buddying up to the teacher so that she'll relent and give him extra credit. The new guy needs to calm down and stop trying so hard to buddy up with us.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
buddy up (with someone)
to join with another person to form a pair that will do something together or share something. I buddied up with Carl, and we helped each other on the hike. Carl and I buddied up, and we shared a canoe.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Be very friendly, as in He is always wanting to buddy up with me, but I don't really like him. [Slang; early 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To pair up and work closely with someone: Each camper had to buddy up with a friend when swimming. The students buddied up when asked to select locker partners.
2. buddy up to To become overly friendly or familiar with someone, especially in order to gain his or her favor: The new worker buddied up to the office secretary.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- be out of (one's) league
- be out of somebody's league
- be like ships passing in the night
- be left in charge (of someone or something)
- accompany (one) on a/(one's) journey
- accompany on a journey
- be put in charge (of someone or something)
- a stranger to (someone or something)
- be in bad with (someone)
- be ships that pass in the night