Definition of yes-man in US English:


nounPlural yes-men

  • A weak person who always agrees with their political leader or their superior at work.

    • ‘They are all a bunch of emasculated cronies and yes-men.’
    • ‘Most companies today are political backwaters, where yes-men and corporate kiss-ups are still the ones who get recognized and promoted.’
    • ‘That can happen to rich guys, particularly touchy, thin-skinned rich guys who prefer to surround themselves with yes-men.’
    • ‘‘Jean’ and his ilk are the ultimate yes-men and will do anything to appease a master.’
    • ‘‘The current non-executives are all yes-men,’ claimed Sloan.’
    • ‘It's just that none of those yes-men (or is it yes-people these days?) that you call advisors will ever tell you what you need to hear.’
    • ‘The average soldier soon discovers to always be the yes-man, always stay motivated, and always know that the army is steadfast in its supremacy.’
    • ‘He accused the president of surrounding himself with yes-men, rewarding only sycophancy and punishing dissent.’
    • ‘Do we simply pass it off as one of those things, or do we demand that they, like Japan's Tojo, and Italy's Mussolini, and Germany's Hitler, and all their yes-men followers, be tried in a properly constituted court of international law?’
    • ‘Stars, however, are able to plug away with unlimited resources, the objective support of paid yes-men and, for reasons that are sometimes chemically related, a rather wonky perception of their own abilities.’
    • ‘And now, it makes the policemen of 2003 seem like subservient yes-men.’
    • ‘He was, says Kershaw, the most ardent believer in his own infallibility and destiny, who need do no more than hint at ‘a general licence for barbarism’ for the sycophants, opportunists and yes-men around him to sweep into murderous action.’
    • ‘Steele is right about one thing - the likes of the Hungarian government, made up of former communist aparatchiks were well-used to being yes-men to a great power, when it was the USSR.’
    • ‘In the film Local Hero, the rich American oil executive played by Burt Lancaster had one such man on his payroll; his role to deliver the critical barbs absent from the yes-men lackeys surrounding Lancaster.’
    • ‘Or his nervous yes-men (er, advisors) might deem to better (to their own necks) not to let him know.’
    • ‘A country of yes-men is a country marked for destruction.’
    • ‘And along their paths toward unsuccessful acting careers, there is a slough of cheats, slimeballs, yes-men, and kooks who wait to usher them far, far away from the stage and screen where they don't belong.’
    • ‘But anyone who believes he was a puppet or a yes-man has never had to meet his steely glare or attempt to win an argument with him.’
    • ‘Are these people at the back yes-men and women?’
    • ‘He has spent the last few years purging the army to assure its loyalty, stuffing it with boot-clicking yes-men.’
    • ‘‘He has surrounded himself with a mafia of yes-men,’ said one long-standing and well-respected tour professional.’
    sycophant, toady, lackey, flunkey, minion, stooge, kowtower, truckler, groveller, crawler, creep, fawner, flatterer, lickspittle, uriah heep, puppet, cat's paw, instrument, pawn, underling, hanger-on, camp follower, doormat, spaniel
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/ˈjɛs ˌmæn//ˈyes ˌman/