to brown-nose

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - to brown nose

"to brown-nose"

an impolite expression meaning to try very hard to please someone in a position of power or authority by agreeing with them all the time;

to be sycophantic


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to brown nose

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 loves to brown-nose.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to brown nose

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 loves to brown-nose the teacher.

to brown-nose - Usage:


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to brown-nose - Gerund Form:

Brown-nosing will not win you any approval from your coworkers.

to brown-nose - Examples:

1)  ... post war reputation of Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is largely based on accounts written by brown-nose sycophants.

2)  ... endless stream of business plans and docs for investors to look over and then to brown-nose the few that are interested.

3)  ... kiss up to those in power, imitate their habits and beliefs, and basically brown-nose your way to success.

4)  Indeed, there are so many opportunities to brown-nose senior colleagues online, the only tough decision is to decide how best to do ...

5)  American politics has become a race between who can brown-nose the Israel lobby the most.

6)  In practice, it makes very little difference at all. They brown-nose whoever the sitting government is whilst pretending to be "impartial".

7)  Think about professional groups working in this field who have to brown-nose up to the financial community for handouts.

8)  Insulting slang term for a sycophant, originally 1930s US military slang (brown-nose). Brown-nosing describes crawling or creeping to please a boss; an amusingly disturbing ...

9)  I put my life in here. I'm not going to let some brown-nose just slide in and take it all away from me.

10)  It saddens me that you have chosen to brown-nose to the racists anti-Hispanic thugs in this country.

11)  But hey, if it kills you that much to brown nose for 5mins then maybe you should loom for a less demanding job.

12)  ... eager to brown nose who ever is in power, ...

13)  ... as such as occurred because of a few in charge are constantly trying to brown nose someone to save money for he can look good in front of the share holders ...

14)  ... want to get ahead. Don't stay in the same company trying to brown nose the boss - its a waste of time.

15)  Not that it did anything apart from brown nose to the club with their sycophantic praise of the chairman ...

16)  ... sure you'll get some particularly keen student union pariah's desperate to brown nose employers at every given opportunity and investing their time in such places accordingly ...

17)  ... my opinion and I'm sticking with it. I'm not here to brown nose anyone for work or gigs, I'll keep making my music and let people ...

18)  ... over by co-workers who manipulate the system, bully, gossip, back-stab and brown nose to get what they want, there is more to workplace politics than those negative ...

19)  The fact is if you don't brown nose you don't get favors or could be out of a job today.

20)  ... in less than a year and I keep to myself and definitely don't brown nose. I just did my job and did it well.