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No, it's my landlady. She's coming to collect some of her post and… well, I want to make her like me because next month the contract on my flat is due to be renewed and she might want to increase the rent.
Yeah, I see what you mean. So you'd better butter her up then!
Butter? Oh, yes. But I'm a pretty bad cook. If I bake a cake it would probably be horrible!
No. I don't mean butter for a cake. In English when you say you'll 'butter someone up' you mean you'll be especially nice to them in the hope they'll do something good for you in return.
Oh, I see. So I'll be nice to her and pay her compliments so that she likes me and keeps the rent low. I'll 'butter her up'! But isn't it a bit insincere?
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