One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he's been playing up to her the whole time’
ingratiate oneself with, seek the favour of, try to get on the good side of, curry favour with, court, fawn on, fawn over, make up to, keep someone sweet, toady to, crawl to, grovel to, pander to, be obsequious towards, truckle to, flatter
informal soft-soap, suck up to, butter up, be all over, lick someone's boots, brown-nose
vulgar slang kiss someone's arse, lick someone's arse
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