- 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 bootlick
You have to be a bit of a bootlick, and people will give you tips, which is against all scout rules.Boy Scouts in Glacier Park
Walter Prichard Eaton
- informal to seek favour by servile or ingratiating behaviour towards (someone, esp someone in authority); toady
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