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apple-polish

[ap-uh l-pol-ish] /ˈæp əlˌpɒl ɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to curry favor with someone, especially in an obsequious or flattering manner.
verb (used with object)
2.
to curry favor with (someone).
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
Related forms
apple polisher, apple-polisher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for apple polisher

apple polisher

noun
1.
(informal) a sycophant; toady
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Slang definitions & phrases for apple polisher

apple-polish

verb

To flatter and pamper in order to gain personal advantage; curry favor; brown-nose, SUCK UP TO someone: He started apple-polishing the captain as soon as he got on board


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with apple polisher
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