lick someone's boots

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
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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
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lick someone's boots

be excessively obsequious towards someone, especially to gain favour.
See also: boot, lick
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A gesture of gratitude will go a long way but there's no need to lick someone's boots.