fawn (up)on (one)

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fawn (up)on (one)

To flatter and fuss over one to an excessive degree, especially in a sycophantic or obsequious manner. Any time that famous singer comes here, people can't help themselves— they just start fawning upon her. You're not going to get ahead by fawning on the boss like that. She really hates brown-nosers.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fawn (up)on someone

Fig. to praise and flatter someone. Aunt Mabel fawned on the new baby till the poor child was rescued by her mother. I hate the way our aunts fawn on us at family gatherings.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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{86} As hounds crowd round their master when they see him coming from dinner--for they know he will bring them something--even so did these wolves and lions with their great claws fawn upon my men, but the men were terribly frightened at seeing such strange creatures.
She would go and fawn upon him slavelike--for this would have to be her attitude, of course--and maybe she would find that time had modified him, and that he would be glad to see his long-forgotten old nurse and treat her gently.
If the great branches fawn upon him, that's their call.
Nawaz Sharif and his party were allowed to mislead the people of Pakistan as such they became bold enough to fawn upon the powers having hostile attitude towards the Pakistan and few days later Nawaz Sharif called reporter Cyril Almeida to Multan under protocol given by the government as per directives of the Nawaz Sharif and gave him an interview whereby he claimed that, the Mumbai attackers were allowed to intrude into India from Pakistan for lodging their criminal act and also stated that, no trial proceeds against the accomplices arrested in Pakistan for their criminal act without any reason.
"For a man who wasn't good looking and he was only 5ft 4ins, women used to fawn upon him.
In modeling aspects of The Fawn upon All Fools Marston may have again been recalling performances by the Henslowe troupe; he may have relied on a later staging at an indoor theater; or he may have read the play.