apple polisher

apple polisher
noun
someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
Syn: ↑bootlicker, ↑fawner, ↑groveller, ↑groveler, ↑truckler
Derivationally related forms: ↑truckle (for: ↑truckler), ↑grovel (for: ↑groveler), ↑grovel (for: ↑groveller), ↑fawn (for: ↑fawner), ↑bootlick (for: ↑bootlicker)
Hypernyms: ↑sycophant, ↑toady, ↑crawler, ↑lackey, ↑ass-kisser

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noun, pl ⋯ -ers [count]
US informal + disapproving : a person who tries to get the approval and friendship of someone in authority by praise, flattery, etc.

an executive surrounded by apple polishers


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  • apple\ polisher — • apple polisher • apple polishing See: polish the apple …   Словарь американских идиом

  • apple polisher — ☆ apple polisher n. Slang a person who curries favor by gifts, flattery, etc., as a child bringing his teacher an apple * * * …   Universalium

  • apple polisher — ☆ apple polisher n. Slang a person who curries favor by gifts, flattery, etc., as a child bringing his teacher an apple …   English World dictionary

  • apple polisher — apple .polisher n AmE spoken someone who tries to gain something, become popular etc by praising or helping someone else without being sincere …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • apple-polisher — n. a flatterer. □ Doesn’t that wimpy apple polisher know how stupid he looks? □ Everybody at the office seems to be an apple polisher but me …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • apple polisher — ;[apple polishing] See: POLISH THE APPLE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • apple polisher — ;[apple polishing] See: POLISH THE APPLE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • apple-polisher — n a flatterer, someone who curries favour. The term comes from the image of the ingratiating pupil who polishes an apple carefully before presenting it to a teacher. The tradition of an apple for the teacher was really practised in rural USA… …   Contemporary slang

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

  • apple-polisher — noun A person who apple polishes …   Wiktionary

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