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to curry favor; behave obsequiously.
to seek favors from (a person) in an obsequious manner; fawn over.
Also, brown-noser. a toady; sycophant.
Historical Examples

The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
Tommy Wideawake H. H. Bashford
The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner

(vet science) a form of light sensitization in cattle
to be abjectly subservient (to); curry favour (with)
an abjectly subservient person; sycophant
Solicit favor obsequiously, toady. For example, Harry was always brown nosing, but it didn’t help his grades. This term originated in the military in the late 1930s, where it meant “to curry favor”; it alludes to ass-kissing when the backside being kissed is less than clean. Despite its scatological origin, today this slangy term is not considered particularly vulgar.


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