brown-nose


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brown-nose

  (informal)
to try too hard to please someone, especially someone in a position of authority, in a way that other people find unpleasant The rest of the class were sick of watching him brown-nose.

brown-nose

1. and brownie and brown-noser n. a sycophant; one who flatters for self-serving motives. You are just a plain old brown-nose. Will some brown-noser please try to get the teacher to put off the test?
2. tv. & in. to curry favor with someone; to be a sycophant. Don keeps brown-nosing, and the professor pretends not to notice.
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But] your question provides me with an uncanny opportunity to brown-nose.
The exception, of course, is the BBC, where anyone you want to brown-nose probably works just a few corridors away, although it does mean that bizarre and extraordinary lengths have to be gone to for secret liaisons.
Because although on occasion his smutty comments did go beyond the pale, it was refreshing to see Hollywood A-listers being brought down a peg or two in an industry where people normally brown-nose them.
He is taking advantage to brown-nose and that doesn't go down well with other inmates," said the source.
And boring old Brown-nose was forced to retire from the force.
Mirren's an old hand who knows she no longer has to brown-nose studio bosses, Academy voters, or even "all those who worked on the film".