ingratiate oneself with

ingratiate oneself with someone

to work oneself into someone's favor. Why do you have to ingratiate yourself with everyone? Don't you know how to be just plain friends? She was very obvious in her effort to ingratiate herself with the boss.
See also: ingratiate
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In order to ingratiate oneself with Top Execs and secure potential jobs, BC has resorted to badmouthing colleagues.
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The opportunity to ingratiate oneself with customers, to turn a professional relationship into a personal one, calls out to vendors.
In a desperate attempt to ingratiate oneself with Big Bosses, SP dished out all sorts of sordid rumors about friends, acquaintances, even relatives.
Well, AC has a knack for self-preservation and is able to ingratiate oneself with even the most recalcitrant of BBs.