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apple-polish

[ ap-uh l-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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RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

apple tree borer, apple valley, apple-pie, apple-pie bed, apple-pie order, apple-polish, appleby, applecart, appledrain, applejack, appleknocker

Origin of apple-polish

First recorded in 1930–35
Related formsapple polisher, ap·ple-pol·ish·er, noun
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