Distracting someone from something you might have said or done (usually something embarrassing) by using flattery.
Jim: Hey mate. Long time no see. Nice new hair style!
Charlie: Thanks but it's a wig. I have alopecia. It started a few weeks ago...
Jim: Oh. Uh... You're looking slender these days! Have you been working out?
Charlie: No, the Doctor thinks it's a wasting disease, but I'm waiting for test results.
Jim: Err. Well. You've got a very pretty mou--
Charlie: --STOP WITH THE DISTRACTERY ALREADY!