The definition of an apple polisher is someone who utilizes gifts and flattery as means of attempting to achieve promotion or favor.
An example of someone who is an apple polisher is someone who will compliment her boss's taste in clothes despite the fact that she truly dislikes his style.
Informal a person who seeks to curry favor with a superior through gifts, flattery, etc.
Origin of apple polisherin allusion to the former practice of a child giving his or her teacher an apple
- A person who apple-polishes