[ ap-uhl-pol-ish ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to curry favor with someone, especially in an obsequious or flattering manner.

verb (used with object)
  1. to curry favor with (someone).

Origin of apple-polish

First recorded in 1925–30; apple + polish

Other words from apple-polish

  • apple polisher, ap·ple-pol·ish·er, noun

Words Nearby apple-polish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023