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or brown-nose (broun′nōz′)
tr.v. brown·nosed, brown·nos·ing, brown·nos·es or brown-nosed or brown-nos·ing or brown-nos·es Informal
To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.

[From the image of an obsequious person whose nose becomes soiled with excrement in kissing the buttocks of someone from whom favor is sought.]

brown′nose′ n.
brown′nos′er n.
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or brown-nose
Informal. To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Informal: apple-polish, cotton.
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
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Riggan's desire to prove that "he's worth something" is most notoriously challenged by his just-out-of-rehab daughter Sam (Emma Stone, defying her usual casting by adopting a razor-edged mouth) who confronts him at every opportunity, telling him that his desires to leave an important mark on the world have nothing to do with noble intentions but are a result of wanting to brownnose critics and give rich Manhattanites a conversation subject during tea time.
Since I could just imagine this "handler"--some mediocre boy-poet eager to brownnose his way to the top--I made a fffftt sound that resembled, too closely, a fart.