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bootlick

[boot-lik]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to seek the favor or goodwill of in a servile, degraded way; toady to.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be a toady.
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Origin of bootlick

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; boot1 + lick
Related formsboot·lick·er, noun

Synonyms

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1, 2. flatter, fawn; apple-polish.
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British Dictionary definitions for bootlicking

bootlick

verb
  1. informal to seek favour by servile or ingratiating behaviour towards (someone, esp someone in authority); toady
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Derived Formsbootlicker, noun
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