apple polisher

apple-polish

[ap-uhl-pol-ish] Informal.
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:
1930–35

apple polisher, apple-polisher, noun
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apple polisher
 
n
informal a sycophant; toady

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apple polisher

see polish the apple.

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