apple-polish

[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. apple tree borer,
  2. apple valley,
  3. apple-pie,
  4. apple-pie bed,
  5. apple-pie order,
  6. appleby,
  7. applecart,
  8. appledrain,
  9. applejack,
  10. appleknocker

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

informal a sycophant; toady
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Idioms and Phrases with apple polisher

apple polisher

see polish the apple.

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