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Definition of brown-nose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive] (informal) (disapproving) brown-nose (somebody)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brown-nose
he / she / it brown-noses
past simple brown-nosed
-ing form brown-nosing
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to treat someone in authority with special respect in order to make them approve of you or treat you better He got that promotion by brown-nosing.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: brown-nose