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Suck up to

verb; compounding
To gain favor from someone in a higher position of authority by flattering or other means.
 
The person who does this can be called a suck-up. This word has a negative connotation, as someone who is trying to improve their lot without hard work. Even if they do suck up to a teacher or superior through hard work, they aren’t looked upon favorably by peers whose reputation (or grade, in a class) could be lowered by the one or few who are trying too hard.
Source : To suck up to the professor” professor 11-1-2017 www.etymonline.com
Last modified: 4 December 2017


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