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tr. & intr.v. boot·licked, boot·lick·ing, boot·licks
To behave like a sycophant toward (someone) or behave like a sycophant. See Synonyms at fawn1.

boot′lick′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bootlicker - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respectbootlicker - someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady, lackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage


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Clarke Cooper, who pilloried HRC as a bootlicker for the White House for endorsing Obama 18 months prior to the November election, called Griffin a maverick "who knows achieving victory will require advocacy and champions on both sides of the aisle.
As Monti now struggles to stem Italy's nosebleed from Spain's bailout, he is under mounting suspicions, among some Italians, that he is a bootlicker to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Then, there are Tariq, the chief reporter, Nilofar Razdan, the features editor, who quits after the management refuses to give her leave to pursue a course in creative writing, and ends up being a well known writer highlighting the plight of the deprived Kashmiri Pandit community; Bayhooda, the bootlicker, who "knows Hindi as I know Portuguese"; Kamal, the chief photographer; the Misras - P.
Earlier this season Tevez called Neville "a big mouth and a bootlicker and a moron" and that's clearly out of order - the first 'and' is totally unnecessary.
If so, you're a bootlicker, house-nigga, or the like.
There's Marcel the cuddling bootlicker of ladies, writing worshipfully to his own father's mistress.
Dalis, who also received criticism when he fired Harrick for lying about a falsified expense report, dismissed the criticisms, calling Vitale ``a bootlicker.
He was my team-mate but he is a bootlicker of Ferguson," he added.
Roll the presses: The two most memorable quotes of the year - UCLA athletic director Pete Dalis calling Dick Vitale a bootlicker and USC assistant coach Dave Miller's rant about the Bruins - both were accompanied by the command: ``And you can print that.
HAVING read your article on the monarchy, I can only conclude you are a sycophantic bootlicker - and that's being polite.
Yet, with the exception of calling Dick Vitale ``a bootlicker,'' you've generally bit your tongue in public.