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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To seek favor by toadying.
  • transitive v. To seek favor with; flatter. See Synonyms at fawn1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To attempt to obtain favors, especially by flattery; to toady or fawn


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "I am saying this not because I want to apple-polish (mengampu) but this is based on fact,"

    nst online


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  • hmm.. apple-polish... why have I not heard this word before?

    June 20, 2009