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apple–polish

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verb ap·ple–pol·ish \ˈa-pəl-ˌpä-lish\

Definition of apple–polish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to attempt to ingratiate oneself :  toady

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to curry favor with (as by flattery)

apple–polisher noun


Origin of apple–polish

from the traditional practice of schoolchildren bringing a shiny apple as a gift to their teacher


First Known Use: 1935

Rhymes with apple–polish


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