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cosy up to

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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycosy up to
he/she/itcosies up to
present participlecosying up to
past tensecosied up to
past participlecosied up to
  1. cosy up to someone to try to become friendly with someone in order to get some benefit for yourself

    He has been accused of cosying up to the new US president.

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