lick (someone's) boots

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lick (someone's) boots

To flatter, fawn over, or eagerly agree with someone, especially a person of higher authority as a means of currying favor. It's no wonder you're the teacher's favorite from the way you lick her boots! Look, it's just the nature of this business that sometimes you have to lick your superiors' boots if you want to get ahead.
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lick someone's boots

Act with extreme servility, as in This man wanted every employee to lick his boots, so he had a hard time keeping his staff . Shakespeare used this idiom in the form of lick someone's shoe in The Tempest (3:2). [Late 1500s]
See also: boot, lick

lick someone's boots

INFORMAL
If one person licks another person's boots, they do things or say things to please that person, often because the second person is powerful. Even if you didn't have an official position you'd still be powerful locally and everybody'd be licking your boots. Note: You can call someone who does this a bootlicker. Everyone in Bob's immediate circle was a skilled bootlicker. Note: You use these expressions to show that you find this behaviour unpleasant.
See also: boot, lick

lick someone's boots

be excessively obsequious towards someone, especially to gain favour.
See also: boot, lick

lick somebody’s ˈboots

(informal) (British English also lick somebody’s ˈarse taboo, slang) (American English also lick somebody’s ˈass taboo, slang) show too much respect for somebody in authority because you want to please them: It makes me very angry when I see Andrew licking Mr Smith’s boots all the time.
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lick (someone's) boots

To behave in a servile or obsequious manner toward someone.
See also: boot, lick
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This elderly gentleman fought the Nazi tyranny, to be humiliated by the new health nazis who are not fit to lick his boots.
The good news is it only involves valuing yourself solely by your looks, always obeying his "orders" and keeping a deferentially low profile, physically if possible, the better to lick his boots.
UNORIGINAL and irritating 80-minuter from British director Julian Richards that promotes itself as a work as chilling as Henry Portrait of A Serial Killer when its not even fit to lick his boots.
STRIKING another man on the head with a piece of wood before forcing him to lick his boots.
We have just witnessed the world of football uniting in grief and respect on the loss of Alan Ball and Joey Barton would not be fit to lick his boots.
He also tried to cut off a man's finger with a knife and forced another man to lick his boots.