apple–polish

play
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 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

Learn More about apple–polish


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up apple–polish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).