kiss up
a) to pay false flattery to another, particularly a superior at work, in order to get special attention

Yes, I watched Joe kissing up the boss and was very annoyed when he got my promotion!

b) To pay false flattery.

He kisses up more than he works.


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  • kiss up — vb American to behave as a sycophant (towards), crawl to or flatter someone. A rarer ver sion of kiss ass or the British suck up …   Contemporary slang

  • kiss up to — phrasal : to curry favor with * * * ˌkiss ˈup to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they kiss up to he/she/it kisses up to present participle …   Useful english dictionary

  • kiss up to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms kiss up to : present tense I/you/we/they kiss up to he/she/it kisses up to present participle kissing up to past tense kissed up to past participle kissed up to American informal kiss up to someone showing… …   English dictionary

  • kiss up to someone — in. to flatter someone; to make over someone. □ I’m not going to kiss up to anybody to get what’s rightfully mine. U If I have to kiss up to her, I guess I will …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • kiss up to — verb To pay false flattery to; to flatter in excess. See Also: kiss up …   Wiktionary

  • kiss up to — N. Amer. informal behave obsequiously towards. → kiss …   English new terms dictionary

  • kiss up to — v To toady. Anna Belle s always kissing up to the teacher; no wonder she gets good grades. 1970s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • kiss up to — phrasal to curry favor with …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kiss up to —  Flatter; BROWN NOSE …   American business jargon

  • kiss up to — v. flatter; be obsequious to somebody …   English slang

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