American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Informal To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.
- Scatological. (Wiktionary)
- From the image of an obsequious person whose nose becomes soiled in kissing the rump of someone from whom favor is sought. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And there are people who are in government because they are looking to brownnose the industries they are supposed to be regulating so they can get a really high paying lobbyist job after a few years in government.”
“Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad.”
“Why always the negative ... (we, know, to brownnose Obama) ...”
“Maybe Joe, seeing the Dems picking up more Senate seats in '08, is trying to brownnose the Dems.”
“Do personal favors for him and brownnose all you want, but make sure you do it sincerely.”
“And we have the student council secretary who tattles on everyone, you know, and wants to brownnose.”
“How else will you be able to flirt/network/brownnose and cocktail all at the same time?”
“Last week alone we saw that Wales's poorest areas were slipping further behind, that child poverty was still a major issue, and that while they brownnose the rich to stay in power the rest of us get shafted.”
“It can be tough to exceed a boss's expectations early into a job, but there are small ways you can stand out -- without coming across as a brownnose, says Mr. LeBlanc.”
“The image immediately brought to mind our TFNG efforts to brownnose Abbey back in 1978.”
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