apple-polish
verb Etymology: from the traditional practice of schoolchildren bringing a shiny apple as a gift to their teacher Date: 1935 intransitive verb to attempt to ingratiate oneself ; toady transitive verb to curry favor with (as by flattery) • apple-polisher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • apple-polish —    American    to seek favour or advancement by flattery    You rub the skins to make them look more palatable:     Why try to apple polish the dinge downstairs? (Chandler, 1939 dinge was an offensive term for a black person)    Whence an apple… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • apple-polish — apple polisher. apple polisher, n. /ap euhl pol ish/, Informal. v.i. 1. to curry favor with someone, esp. in an obsequious or flattering manner. v.t. 2. to curry favor with (someone). [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • apple-polish — apple pol·ish …   English syllables

  • apple-polish — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ intransitive verb : to attempt to ingratiate oneself : toady this called for some extra apple polishing by employees M.S.Davis transitive verb : to curry favor with (as by flattery or services) he hopes to pass the course by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • apple-polish — verb To attempt to obtain favors, especially by flattery; to toady or fawn …   Wiktionary

  • apple-polish — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Informal. To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior: bootlick, cringe, fawn, grovel, kowtow, slaver, toady, truckle. Informal: brownnose, cotton. Slang: suck up. Idioms: curry favor, dance… …   English dictionary for students

  • apple-polish — v. (Slang) toady; curry favor, win favor by complimenting somebody, gain favor by using flattery …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apple-polish — ap′ple pol ish v. i. 1) to curry favor; toady 2) cvb to curry favor with • Etymology: 1930–35 ap′ple pol isher, ap′ple pol ish•er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • apple polish (to) —  Flatter; BROWN NOSE …   American business jargon

  • apple-polisher — noun see apple polish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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