ap·​ple-pol·​ish | \ ˈa-pəl-ˌpä-lish How to pronounce apple-polish (audio) \
apple-polished; apple-polishing; apple-polishes

Definition of apple-polish

intransitive verb

: to attempt to ingratiate oneself : toady

transitive verb

: to curry favor with (as by flattery)

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apple-polisher noun

First Known Use of apple-polish

1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for apple-polish

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

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The first known use of apple-polish was in 1926

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“Apple-polish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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