Meaning of APPLE-POLISH in English

APPLE-POLISH

[ap.ple-pol.ish] vb [fr. the traditional practice of schoolchildren bringing a shiny apple as a gift to their teacher] vi (1935): to attempt to ingratiate oneself: toady ~ vt: to curry favor with (as by flattery) -- ap.ple-pol.ish.er n

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