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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.
See also: boot, lick
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

lick someone's boots

be excessively obsequious towards someone, especially to gain favour.
See also: boot, lick
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: boot, lick
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

lick (someone's) boots

To behave in a servile or obsequious manner toward someone.
See also: boot, lick
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The first case was reported last July where a man was shown in a video bullying another including physically assaulting him and making the victim lick his boots.
They wouldn't have been good enough to lick his boots! Vile scumbags, that's all they are!" Sharon Ariana Reilly added: "They obviously had nothing better to do with themselves, that is so disrespectful for any kind of damage to any memorial."
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. I haven't read all of The Re-Education Of The Female, so I can't say if Dante recommends a full lobotomy, but it sure sounds less hassle.
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. A permanently grinning Kevin Howarth plays the sociopath Max who tells us he is making film about murder while actually doing the murders.
What arrogance made Mrs McCartney imagine she was fit to even 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.