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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
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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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He was also careful about not particularly addressing Nawaz, choosing instead to tell Shehbaz and his political heir Hamza that he would not lick their boots and that Lahore was not their property.
A reminder of the shameful injustice handed out by heartless, hypocritical oafs like Hoon who are not fit to lick their boots.
I dream of women who wear them, but it's more than that because I want to grovel at their feet, then allow them to walk over me in their spiky heels and finally being commanded to lick their boots clean for them.
You're not fit to lick their boots. Ordinary people who watched you parade your giant ego on telly.
Never has any group of working people been so blackened by a Labour Prime Minister so unfit to lick their boots.