brown-nose
   to flatter
   Not from exposure to the sun but from the figurative proximity of your proboscis to the anal area of the object of your sycophancy:
    Hungerford — you missed the beginning but this is a course you can't fail so there is no need for brown-nosing. (Goldman, 1984 — a pupil had been flattering his teacher)
   A brown-noser or brown-nose so acts:
    What a little brown-noser. What do you want from Daddy? (J. Patterson, 1999)
    Unit Two, a cadre of teacher's pets captained by the infamous brownnose Iovescu, sat firmly atop the heap. (Furst, 1988)
   A toady may figuratively replace his nose with his tongue:
    Also his tongue was busy and almost perfectly brown, (de Bernières, 1994, describing an obsequious officer)

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  • brown-nose — (v.) also brownnose, 1939, American English colloquial, said to be military slang originally, from BROWN (Cf. brown) + NOSE (Cf. nose) (n.), from the implication that servility is tantamount to having one s nose in the anus of the person from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • brown-nose — brown ,nose verb intransitive or transitive INFORMAL to try very hard to please someone important or powerful, for example by agreeing with them all the time, in a way that annoys other people: He had just brown nosed his way to the top. ╾ brown …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brown-nose — /brown nohz /, v., brown nosed, brown nosing, n. Slang. v.i. 1. to curry favor; behave obsequiously. v.t. 2. to seek favors from (a person) in an obsequious manner; fawn over. n. 3. Also, brown noser. a toady; sycophant. Cf. ass kissing. [1935… …   Universalium

  • brown-nose — ☆ brown nose [broun′nōz΄ ] vt., vi. brown nosed, brown nosing [from the image of currying favor by kissing someone s buttocks] Slang to seek favor or approval from (someone) by obsequious behavior; fawn (on) n. Slang one who brown noses: also… …   English World dictionary

  • brown-nose — v [I and T] informal to try to make someone in authority like you by being very nice to them used in order to show disapproval >brown noser n >brown nosing n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brown nose — When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • brown-nose — brown′ nose v. nosed, nos•ing, n. Slang. 1) sts to curry favor 2) sts to seek favors from (a person) in an obsequious manner; fawn over 3) sts Also, brown′ nos er. a toady • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • brown-nose — verb flatter with the intention of getting something • Syn: ↑butter up • Hypernyms: ↑flatter, ↑blandish • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody Sam cannot brown nose Sue * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • brown-nose — UK / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms brown nose : present tense I/you/we/they brown nose he/she/it brown noses present participle brown nosing past tense brown nosed past participle brown nosed informal, showing disapproval to try… …   English dictionary

  • brown-nose — 1. AND brownie; brown noser n. a sycophant; one who flatters for self serving motives. □ You are just a plain old brown nose. □ That brown noser actually gave the boss a bottle of wine for her birthday. 2. tv. & in. to curry favor with someone;… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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