suck up to

World English Dictionary
suck up to
 
vb (+ preposition)
informal to flatter for one's own profit; toady

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Idioms & Phrases

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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