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Informalverb ap·ple-pol·ished, ap·ple-pol·ish·ing, ap·ple-pol·ish·es verb, intransitive
To seek favor by toadying.verb, transitive
To seek favor with; flatter. See Synonyms at fawn1.
- apple polisher, apˈple-polˌish·er noun