One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behave obsequiously, especially for one's own advantage.‘he has risen to where he is mainly by sucking up to the president’
grovel, creep, toady, be obsequious, be servile, be sycophantic, kowtow, bow and scrape, play up, truckleView synonyms
- ‘After about a minute of sucking up and butterfly kisses, he gave in.’
- ‘Every waiter and waitress sucks up as much as humanly possible, assuming that that's the way to earn a nice gratuity.’
- ‘There is no time for jealousy: you have much sucking up to do.’
- ‘Because, as everyone knows, celebrities are for sucking up to only.’
- ‘Later on, Bobby sucks up to Izzy and tells her he has a big opportunity and wants her advice.’
- ‘In a grand gesture of sucking up, I offered them my lunch to pillage.’
- ‘They're just sucking up to their own bosses, their own lusts.’
- ‘He was just sucking up to the hippie establishment, trying to be cool.’
- ‘He sucks up to the fat cats; they wrinkle their noses and hand him the check using a pair of tongs.’
- ‘She has discovered that the Right pays a hell of a lot better than the Left, and is promoting her own fortunes as fast as she can by sucking up.’
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