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suck up to sb

informal disapproving
phrasal verb with suck uk   us   /sʌk/ verb
to try to make someone in authority approve of you by doing and saying things that will please them: "Why do you think he offered to take all that work home?" "Ah, he's just sucking up to the boss."
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