suck up to someone

suck up to (one)

To seek the approval, attention, or support of others, especially superiors, through abject subservience, flattery, or fawning. I'm not doing well at all in math this year, so it seems like sucking up to the teacher is my only hope for a good grade! Don't suck up to me with chocolates and sweet talk—just tell me what you want!
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suck up to someone

in. to attempt to gain influence with or favor from someone. Don’t suck up to me. It won’t do any good.
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