soap (someone) up

vb
American
to flatter, cajole. A phrase used espe-cially by adolescents since 2000. It may derive from the earlier phrase 'to soft-soap someone'.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Soft soap someone —   If you soft soap someone, you flatter them …   Dictionary of English idioms

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