[ broun-nohz ]
/ ˈbraʊnˌnoʊz /
verb (used without object), brown-nosed, brown-nos·ing.
to curry favor; behave obsequiously.
verb (used with object), brown-nosed, brown-nos·ing.
to seek favors from (a person) in an obsequious manner; fawn over.
Also brown-nos·er. a toady; sycophant.
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British Dictionary definitions for brownnosing
/ slang /
to be abjectly subservient (to); curry favour (with)
an abjectly subservient person; sycophant
Word Origin for brown-nose
C20: from the notion that a subservient person kisses the backside of the person with whom he or she is currying favour
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