brownnose
transitive verb Etymology: from the implication that servility is equivalent to having one's nose in the anus of the person from whom advancement is sought Date: circa 1939 to ingratiate oneself with ; curry favor with • brownnose nounbrownnoser noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • brownnose — [v] suck up to apple polish, backscratch, bootlick, curry favor, fawn on, flatter, get on the right side of, kiss ass, scratch one’s back, suck up to, toady; concepts 59,69 …   New thesaurus

  • brownnose — 1. noun One who brownnoses; one who sucks up; a bootlicker, ass kisser, sycophant. A workmate reported the matter, which is why the worker threatened to beat up the latter, calling him a brownnose and threatening to wipe the floor with him. 2.… …   Wiktionary

  • brownnose — brown·nose or brown nose (brounʹnōz ) tr.v. Informal brown·nosed, brown·nos·ing, brown·nos·es To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.   [From the image of an obsequious person whose nose becomes soiled in kissing the rump of someone …   Universalium

  • Brownnose — a creep or crawler; a person who stucks to the boss, usually to get a higher position; self seeking servile flatterer; one who curries favour; bootlicker; flatter servilely …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • brownnose — Australian Slang a creep or crawler; a person who stucks to the boss, usually to get a higher position; self seeking servile flatterer; one who curries favour; bootlicker; flatter servilely …   English dialects glossary

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

  • brownnose — /ˈbraʊnnoʊz / (say brownnohz) Colloquial –verb (t) (brownnosed, brownnosing) 1. to flatter servilely. –noun 2. a self seeking servile flatterer; someone who curries favour …   Australian English dictionary

  • brownnose — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ verb Etymology: brown (I) + nose; from the implication that servility is tantamount to having one s nose in the anus of the person from whom advancement is sought slang : apple polish, toady …   Useful english dictionary

  • жопник — brownnose, sycophant; a queer, sodomite …   Slang lexicon

  • toady — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fawner, sycophant, truckler, bootlicker (inf.). See servility, flattery. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. parasite, flatterer, fawner; see sycophant . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) I n. sycophant, flatterer,… …   English dictionary for students

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