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apple-polishing

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The seeking of favor through flattery; obsequiousness.

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Examples

  • Left, right, or in-between, it's all just apple-polishing nonsense. jim

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  • By turns, Ignatieff sounded like Demosthenes, thundering down condemnation on a government that has repeatedly failed Canadians, and then like an apple-polishing pupil asking for a report card from the head master. ...

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  • (Plus, the entire thing makes her look like that smart but totally uncool apple-polishing little girl that we remember from junior high school.)

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  • But once you've started, don't spout sound bites from it the way Tony Blair did, or carry it around the way he did -- like some apple-polishing graduate student.

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  • You get instead merely the apple-polishing conformists.

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  • That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base thought. '

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  • He had more people like Tenet, who was constantly apple-polishing and telling him what he wanted to hear, telling him the intelligence would be a slam dunk when, clearly, it wasn ` t.

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  • It ` s a slam dunk, almost like apple-polishing more than Bush wanted to hear.

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  • They believe that there is some special magic, some quick springboard to success; they mistakenly think that it can be won by bootlicking, apple-polishing, yessing higher authority, playing office politics, throwing weight around, ducking the issues, striving for cheap popularity, courting publicity or seeking any and all means of grabbing the spotlight.

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  • Rais Yatim has taken the art of apple-polishing to another level.

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