Definition of Cotton up

1. Verb. Ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior. "She is playing up to the chairman"

Exact synonyms: Cozy Up, Play Up, Shine Up, Sidle Up, Suck Up
Generic synonyms: Ingratiate



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cotton Up

cotton mill
cotton mouse
cotton on
cotton plant
cotton rat
cotton reel
cotton rose
cotton rush
cotton stainer
cotton strain
cotton swab
cotton swabs
cotton thistle
cotton to
cotton up (current term)
cotton wool
cotton wool bud
cotton wool buds
cotton wools
cottonade
cottonades
cottonary
cottoned
cottoned to
cottonfield
cottonfields
cottoning
cottoning to

Literary usage of Cotton up

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"On cross-examination he stated that he did not think he put any cotton up the nose of the deceased. He did not know whether he dampened cotton ..."

2. American Agriculturist (1843)
"... then if the seed be not wanted for planting, throw the cotton up into a pile in the gin-house, until it acquires a sensible heat, then scatter it, ..."

3. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the by James Terry White (1895)
"The use of the cotton-giu brought the exportation of cotton up from 189500 pounds in 1791, to 41000000 pounds in 1803. And yet Mr. Whitney was obliged to ..."

4. A Cotton Fabrics Glossary by Frank P. Bennett, & Co (1914)
"When cotton is put through a bale breaker or any machine which opens the cotton up, it is only necessary to use one bin, and the cotton does not have to ..."

5. Report of the Secretary for Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1892)
"A general summary of the weather conditions shows that everything was favorable for cotton up to July 27, when the heavy rains occurred, since which time ..."

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