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brownnose

1. verb To try to curry favor with someone through flattery or favors in the hopes of getting something in return. I'm not doing well at all in math this year, so it seems like brownnosing the teacher is my only hope for a good grade! Don't brownnose me with chocolates and sweet talk—just tell me what you want!
2. noun One who seeks out the approval, attention, and/or support of others, especially superiors, through abject subservience, flattery, or fawning. Tim is such an obvious brownnose, always complementing the boss on her ideas and saying yes to anything she suggests.

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".