[ap-uh l-pol-ish]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).

Origin of apple-polish

First recorded in 1930–35
Related formsapple polisher, ap·ple-pol·ish·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for apple-polisher

adulator, flatterer, toady, ass-kisser, bootlicker, groveler