boot-lick

bootlick

[boot-lik]
verb (used with object)
1.
to seek the favor or goodwill of in a servile, degraded way; toady to.
verb (used without object)
2.
to be a toady.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; boot1 + lick

bootlicker, noun


1, 2. flatter, fawn; apple-polish.
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bootlick (ˈbuːtˌlɪk)
 
vb
informal to seek favour by servile or ingratiating behaviour towards (someone, esp someone in authority); toady
 
'bootlicker
 
n

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