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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.
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.
Be very friendly, as in He is always wanting to buddy up with me, but I don't really like him. [Slang; early 1900s]
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.