kiss up

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kiss up

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) 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!
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To pay false flattery.
    He kisses up more than he works.

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