- to seek the favor or goodwill of in a servile, degraded way; toady to.
- to be a toady.
Origin of bootlick
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1, 2. flatter, fawn; apple-polish.
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Examples from the Web for boot-licker
You'll see what a boot-licker he'll be after he puts on a collar.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
- informal to seek favour by servile or ingratiating behaviour towards (someone, esp someone in authority); toady
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Word Origin and History for boot-licker
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