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fawn (all) over (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 all over her. You're not going to get ahead by fawning over the boss like that. She really hates brown-nosers.
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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 (all) over someone

Fig. to flatter someone or attend to someone excessively; to curry favor with someone. Please stop fawning all over the guests. You are embarrassing me. She always fawns over us when we visit.
See also: fawn, over

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.
See also: fawn, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I could walk up to his bedroom and I made bold to say, I was never part of the fawners who told him what he needed to hear.
In the same way that Julius Caesar, in his Shakespearean incarnation, surrounded himself with sycophants and came to grief one day at the forum, Ferguson now takes questions only from the fawners and flatterers of United's in-house media.
in Los Angeles had plenty of blockers running interference: his old sports buddies, Hollywood fawners, sportswriters who think their job is to cover talent, not morality, an easy going judge and Hertz who kept using Simpson to shill.
Balotelli will be remembered for letting off fireworks in his house, collecting pointless red cards, suspensions and parking tickets, writing off sports cars, throwing a dart at a youth player, missing trophy parades because he couldn't be bothered, making his manager look like a drunken uncle in a fight and starring in a series of urban myths fuelled by celebrity fawners like Noel Gallagher, which painted him as some anarchic anti-hero.
To have a Buhari who wears a Messianic and saintly band on his lapel congratulate the awardee of that sleazy mis-election, sent his Secretary to Government to join the political fawners on pilgrimage to Omisore and reportedly called Omisore himself, is an underscore of the fact that his is not any different from the PDP government he replaced.
So they look for the most pliable of their coterie of hangers-on and fawners to succeed them.
In the cells were a collection of mediocre thugs, misshapen fawners and cringing child-molesters.