bootlicking


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boot·lick

 (bo͞ot′lĭk′)
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.
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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"
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bootlicking

[ˈbuːtlɪkɪŋ]
A. ADJpelotillero
B. Npelotilleo m
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(36) For him, these ex-leftists were "jesters of arabesque liberalism awashed with renegadism (doneklik), bootlicking and maliciousness" (37) and presented "salivating slanders and flattery in their columns in newspapers".
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