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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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Slang definitions & phrases for apple-polisher

apple-polisher

noun

A person who apple-polishes

[fr the traditional image of the pupil who brings the teacher a shiny red apple]


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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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