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ass-kisser American English Taboo

Meaning: someone who says nice things to someone in order to get something from them

For example:

  • Kenny thinks that being an ass-kisser helps him get promotions in his job.

  • Bosses say they don't like ass-kissers, but I'm sure some of them quite enjoy being told how clever and wonderful they are.

Note: The equivalent slang in British English is "arse-licker".

Warning! This is very bad language. If you are a non-native speaker, you are advised not to use it. (You could cause resentment or anger if you use it inappropriately.)

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Which of these statements would be said by an ass-kisser to his boss if he's trying to get a promotion?
  1. "I really think I've earned this promotion."
  2. "I promise I'll work much harder in future."
  3. "This is the best-run company I've ever worked for."

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