Suck Up (to someone)

Also kiss up Meaning of Idiom ‘Suck Up’ To suck up (to someone) means the same thing as to kiss ass or to brown-nose; to curry favor or try to win approval by acting obsequiously toward an important person, especially someone who could advance one’s career or standing. The variant idiom kiss up seems to be a combination of suck … Read more

Kiss Ass or Kiss Butt, to

Also: kiss someone’s butt/ass kiss arse asskisser kissass buttkisser Meaning of Idiom ‘Kiss Ass’ To kiss ass or kiss butt is to curry favor by using flattery or affecting a fawning, servile attitude, being overly agreeable, etc. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree … Read more

Curry Favor, to

Meaning of Idiom ‘Curry Favor’ To curry favor means to try to gain an advantage or to seek someone’s approval flattery and sycophantic and servile behavior. There are many idioms related to curry favor, most of which are stronger in meaning and more disapproving: Usage The above variants are much more common today than curry favor, … Read more

Brown Nose, to

Also: Brown Noser (brown-noser) Brownnosing (brown nosing, brown-nosing) Meaning of Idiom ‘Brown Nose’ To brown nose is to obsequiously and shamelessly try to gain someone’s favor by being sycophantic and affecting a subservient attitude, being overly agreeable, flattering, etc. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of … Read more