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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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.
"For a man who wasn't good looking and he was only 5ft 4ins, women used to fawn upon him. It was the humour, I'm sure."