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brown-nose

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informal

Definition of brown-nose in English:

noun

(also brown-noser) An extremely obsequious person: a little brown-noser who wants to make sure I know he’s working on Saturday
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  • He trusts fewer and fewer goons henchmen ministers, preferring unelected brown-nosers.
  • I immediately ruled out those brown-nosers, though; spineless obedience is nice, but I couldn't depend on them to carry out dangerous tasks.
  • If you've ever been in a meeting with an indecisive supervisor and a gaggle of brown-nosers, you know the sort of energy this creates.

verb

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Curry favour with (someone) by acting very obsequiously: academics were brown-nosing the senior faculty [no object]: if I can’t learn to brown-nose, at least I can keep my mouth shut
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  • He would never have orchestrated or taken part in that miserable love-fest up in Boston where pretender after pretender fell in line to promote their own careers by brown-nosing the Democratic establishment.
  • But then, besides his politics (notable for lack of brown-nosing the likes of Donald Rumsfeld), Pinter is, horror, working class.
  • We too have a PM, John Howard, who is brown-nosing Bush every chance he gets.

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