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brown-nose

verb [I] uk   /ˈbrɑʊn.nəʊz/ us    /-noʊz/ informal
to try too hard to please someone, especially someone in a position of authority, in a way that other people find unpleasant: The rest of the class were sick of watching him brown-nose.
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