brown-nose

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  • noun to flatter, behave sycophantically (towards), or a flatterer or sycophant. A vulgarism common in all English-speaking countries at least since World War II. ‘Brown-noser’ is an alternative version of the noun form. From the image of kissing another person’s backside. (Private Eye, the satirical magazine, has instituted a regular column in which the ‘order of the brown Nose’ is awarded for nauseating sycophancy.).
  • verb to flatter, behave sycophantically (towards), or a flatterer or sycophant. A vulgarism common in all English-speaking countries at least since World War II. ‘Brown-noser’ is an alternative version of the noun form. From the image of kissing another person’s backside. (Private Eye, the satirical magazine, has instituted a regular column in which the ‘order of the Brown Nose’ is awarded for nauseating sycophancy.).
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