Idioms

    blow/throw a kiss, to indicate an intended kiss from a distance, usually in bidding farewell, by kissing one's own fingertips and moving the hand toward the person greeted.
    kiss ass, Slang: Vulgar. to be obsequious; fawn.

Origin of kiss

before 900; Middle English kissen to kiss, Old English cyssan (cognate with German küssen, Old Norse kyssa), derivative of Old English coss a kiss; cognate with Old Norse koss, German Küss
Related formsout·kiss, verb (used with object)un·kissed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kiss ass (1 of 2)

KISS

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

keep it simple, stupid

British Dictionary definitions for kiss ass (2 of 2)

kiss

/ (kɪs) /

verb

(tr) to touch with the lips or press the lips against as an expression of love, greeting, respect, etc
(intr) to join lips with another person in an act of love or desire
to touch (each other) lightlytheir hands kissed
billiards (of balls) to touch (each other) lightly while moving

noun

See also kiss off
Derived Formskissable, adjective

Word Origin for kiss

Old English cyssan, from coss; compare Old High German kussen, Old Norse kyssa
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Idioms and Phrases with kiss ass

kiss ass


Also, kiss up to. Seek or gain favor by fawning or flattery, as in I am not going to kiss as to get the raise I deserve, or If I could find a good way to kiss up to the publisher, my book would be well promoted. The first, a vulgar slangy usage, was first recorded in 1705 as kiss arse, which is still the British usage. The variant, a euphemistic blend of kiss ass and suck up to, dates from the late 1900s.

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