[ ap-uh l-pol-ish ]
/ ˈæp əlˌpɒl ɪʃ /
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).
Words nearby apple-polish
Origin of apple-polish
First recorded in 1930–35
OTHER WORDS FROM apple-polishapple polisher, ap·ple-pol·ish·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for apple polisher
informal a sycophant; toady
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Idioms and Phrases with apple polisher
see polish the apple.
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