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[ap-uh l-pol-ish] /ˈæp əlˌpɒl ɪʃ/ Informal.
verb (used without object)
to curry favor with someone, especially in an obsequious or flattering manner.
verb (used with object)
to curry favor with (someone).
Origin of apple-polish
First recorded in 1930-35
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apple polisher, apple-polisher, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for apple polisher

apple polisher

(informal) a sycophant; toady
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Slang definitions & phrases for apple polisher



To flatter and pamper in order to gain personal advantage; curry favor; brown-nose, SUCK UP TO someone: He started apple-polishing the captain as soon as he got on board

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with apple polisher

apple polisher

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