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n. Informal
The seeking of favor through flattery; obsequiousness.

ap′ple-pol′ish·ing adj.
ap′ple-pol′ish·er n.
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By imbibing such spurious beliefs, many of us have unwittingly surrounded ourselves with apple-polishing toadies who keep fawning on us.
S: I'm afraid not, my dear apple-polishing apprentice.
When an apple-polishing young officer told Marshall that he'd worked long into the night to complete an assigned project, Marshall replied, "Any officer who cannot complete an assignment within normal working hours should have that failure noted in his fitness report."