lick someone's boots

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lick someone's boots

informal + disapproving
: to treat someone powerful with too much respect in order to get approval
  • He's just the assistant to the manager, there's no need to lick his boots.

Word by Word Definitions

lick play
  1. : to draw the tongue over

  2. : to flicker over like a tongue

  3. : to take into the mouth with the tongue : lap

  1. : an act or instance of licking

  2. : a small amount : bit

  3. : a hasty careless effort

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

boots play
  1. : a servant who shines shoes especially in a hotel


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