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15 hidden meanings of popular food phrases

Discover the hidden meanings of some of your favorite food phrases. 

8. "Butter someone/thing up"

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Meaning: Lay on the flattery thick

You’d think this one was pretty obvious, because adding a bunch of butter to something makes it more delicious. Well, you’re right with the sentiment, but the origin traces its roots all the way back to ancient Indian customs. When trying to seek favor from Higher Powers, natives would throw little balls of butter, called ghee, at statues of the Gods. There’s also an even older Tibetan tradition of making sculptures for the New Year out of butter to bring peace and happiness. Sounds like something Paula Deen could get behind.

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