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apple-polish

[ ap-uhl-pol-ish ]
/ ˈæp əlˌpɒl ɪʃ /
Informal.
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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).

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Origin of apple-polish

First recorded in 1925–30; apple + polish
apple polisher, ap·ple-pol·ish·er, noun
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