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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:
Adj.1.bootlicking - attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
2.bootlicking - attempting to win favor by flattery
servile - submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"


A. ADJpelotillero
B. Npelotilleo m
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We say: The statement "I swear to God that Erdoy-an is the indefinite and eternal leader of Turkey" is a plain example of bootlicking in its most disgusting form.
I realized it wasn't the man [Cobb] himself who annoyed me so much as it was Hark's manner in his presence--the unspeakable bootlicking Sambo, all giggles and smirks and oily, sniveling servility.
Excess wealth and bootlicking has shrunk the masculinity of today's male celebrities.
In all the bootlicking at the meeting, the 1,200 members forgot why they met in the first place.
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NEVER in the tens of years that I have been a reader of the Post have you published such a letter of bootlicking drivel as the one from Dr D Huws headlined Indispensable Morgan (October 5).
AaFour lickspittle lawyers and two bootlicking attorney generals provided sophistic legal briefs sanctioning torture.