One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a thick fawn carpet’
beige, yellowish-brown, pale brown, buff, sand, sandy, oatmeal, wheaten, biscuit, café au lait, camel, kasha, ecru, taupe, stone, stone-coloured, greige, greyish-brown, mushroom, putty
neutral, natural, naturelle
1‘congressmen fawn over him whenever he comes to town’
be obsequious to, be sycophantic to, be servile to, curry favour with, pay court to, play up to, crawl to, creep to, ingratiate oneself with, dance attendance on, fall over oneself for, kowtow to, toady to, truckle to, bow and scrape before, grovel before, cringe before, abase oneself before
flatter, praise, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, praise to excess, eulogize
informal sweet-talk, soft-soap, brown-nose, suck up to, make up to, smarm around, be all over, fall all over, butter up, lick someone's boots, rub up the right way, lay it on thick, lay it on with a trowel
NZ Australian informal smoodge to
vulgar slang kiss someone's arse
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