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apple-polish

[ap-uh l-pol-ish]Informal.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to curry favor with someone, especially in an obsequious or flattering manner.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to curry favor with (someone).
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Origin of apple-polish

First recorded in 1930–35
Related formsapple polisher, ap·ple-pol·ish·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for apple polisher

apple polisher

noun
  1. informal a sycophant; toady
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Idioms and Phrases with apple polisher

apple polisher

see polish the apple.

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