suck up to
(intr, adverb + preposition) informal to flatter for one's own profit; toady
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- suck in,
- suck off,
- sucker bait,
- sucker list,
- sucker punch,
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suck up to
Behave obsequiously towards, ingratiate oneself with, as in Now that he's the boss they're all sucking up to him, hoping to get big raises. [Vulgar slang; mid-1800s]
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