an apple polisher

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - an apple polisher

"an apple polisher"

a person who flatters, especially someone in a position of authority, for self-serving motives, in a way that others find unpleasant


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - an apple polisher

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  Look at Harry. He's always chasing around after the boss getting his coffee and doing whatever the boss wants. He's always complimenting the boss on his work even when the boss's work is awful.

Coworker 2:  I know! Harry is such an apple polisher.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - an apple polisher

Two students are talking ...

A student:  Yes, teacher.  What a great idea teacher.  You are so brilliant, teacher.  Can I help you with those papers?  I just love your class, teacher.

Student 1:  Man, can you believe that girl?

Student 2:  She is such an apple polisher.

an apple polisher - Usage:


an apple polisher - Gerund Form:

Being an apple polisher rarely helps your work prospects.

an apple polisher - Examples:

1)  Oh well, that's because she's an apple polisher; that's why she got that promotion.

2)  Not to come across as an apple polisher, but this is one of your best ever posts! Everything you said is ...

3)  ... your manager with petty questions that could make you appear to be either an apple polisher or inept, either of which would be a bad thing.

4)   Promotion for what? I am not and never will be an apple polisher.

5)  ... that is what's on my mind. Why accuse me of being an apple polisher? I don't see it.

6)  The person is also usually an apple polisher, as they try to please whomever they meet.

7)  ... but now I'd get tortured for being an apple polisher and then killed for being a rebel ...

8)  I am absolutely not an apple polisher. I don't snitch and tattle. I'm not out to advance by ...

9)  I myself work with an apple polisher AND she too is a snitch!

10)  Ouroussoff is a disgusting apple polisher and a phony.

11)  I wasn't a butt-kissing apple polisher like you, willing to prepetrate any crime including treason to collect a pension.

12)  ... provide good services; but you do not want to develop a reputation as an apple polisher because that reputation will follow you.

13)  How to deal with the company snitch/apple polisher ...

14)  But there are definitely ways to get on your boss’s good side without getting a reputation as the office apple polisher.

15)  The thing that’s really great about Oprah that you can’t take away from her is that she’s a great apple polisher.


17)  The apple polisher's self esteem is so low that he has an obsessive, compulsive, uncontrollable urge to get a pat on the back from his superiors.

18)  However, it is not the apple polisher who destroys with his lies but the reaction that meets his lies.

19)  A apple polisher made a number of false accusations about a certain Manager's staff member.

20)  The best thing one can do to any apple polisher is to stay very far away from them.