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).
Origin of apple-polish
First recorded in 1930–35
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Related Words for apple polisherflatterer, flunky, lackey, sycophant, toady, ass-kisser, bootlicker, groveler, lickspittle
informal a sycophant; toady
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see polish the apple.
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