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)



Origin and Etymology of apple–polish

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

First Known Use: 1926

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