One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]usually as adjective bootlicking
Behave obsequiously towards someone in order to gain favour.‘a mindless herd of bootlicking sycophants’
- ‘Your dogged pursuit of those you don't like is as annoying as your bootlicking of industry people you do like.’
- ‘It made me an honest worker, unconcerned about promotions, or about bootlicking my superiors.’
- ‘I confess, I'm a sycophant, even if my bootlicking inclines less toward, oh say, administration officials than foul-mouthed and amusing anti-propagandists.’
- ‘Sadly the bootlicking media is not doing anything worthwhile to expose these politicians!’
- ‘What precedent is there for such servile bootlicking?’
- ‘This time our own PM has been the aggressor's bootlicking mascot.’
- ‘Mauser and his sidekick Proctor (Lance Kinsey) are up to their old tricks, looking to cheat and bootlick their way into the committee's good graces.’
- ‘People bootlick you, you bootlick them back.’
- ‘Such bootlicking did not move Levin in the least.’
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