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Definition of the verb apple-polish

What does apple-polish mean as a doing word?


  1. [US] To attempt to obtain favors, especially by flattery; to toady or fawn

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Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

-olish, polish; abolish, demolish; apple-polish, spit-and- polish. -ollar, choler, collar, dollar, holler, loller, scholar, sollar, squalor; blue-collar, brass-collar, cape collar, choke collar, dog collar, flea collar, half-dollar, horse-collar, new-collar, ...

Google previewDictionary of Euphemisms (2008)

by R. W. Holder

apple-polish | arrange 82 apple-polish American to seek favour or advancement by flattery You rub the skins to make them look more palatable. Whence an apple -polisher, who so behaves. apples obsolete the testicles Victorian humour or ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2002)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

olin1 \äl-an\ see ollen5 olin2 \ö-bn\ see olon olis \äl-as\ braless, Hollis, polis, solace, tallith, Wallace, Wallis Cornwallis Manizales, torticollis olish \äl-ish\ polish abolish, demolish apple-polish olitan \äl-at-3n\ cosmopolitan, megapolitan, ole 250.

Google previewDictionary of American Slang 4e (2010)

by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Robert L. Chapman

on an apple-pie-and-motherhood issue apple-pie order n phr A condition of neatness, correctness, and propriety : Paul keeps the financial records in apple- pie order apple-polish v To flatter and pamper in order to gain personal advantage; ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

large two-section: semi, tractor- ttailer truckle: apple-polish, bootlick, caster, fawn, grovel, kowtow, ringe, servile, submissive, submit, succumb, toady, trundle, yield truculent: abusive, aggressive, antagonistic, barbarous, bellicose, belligerent, ...

Google previewWebster's II New College Dictionary (1999)

by Houghton Mifflin Company, Webster

* svns: FAWN, APPLE-POLISH, BOOTLICK, GROVEL, KOWTOW. SLAVER, TRUCKLE v. core meaning : to seek favor by supporting ...

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