Definition of brown-nose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

brown-nose

 verb
verb
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[intransitive, transitive](informal, disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brown-nose
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; NAmE
 
he / she / it brown-noses
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; NAmE
 
past simple brown-nosed
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; NAmE
 
past participle brown-nosed
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; NAmE
 
-ing form brown-nosing
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to treat somebody 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 American Dictionary entry: brown-nose