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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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It is painful to report the bootlicking reactions of some Jews to Wagner.
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