Meaning: saying nice things to someone in order to get something from them
- Does he really think all his arse-licking will mean the CEO will give him the promotion?
- Bosses say they don't like arse-licking, but I'm sure some of them quite enjoy being told how clever and wonderful they are.
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 is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Someone who's arse-licking to get a promotion might say to their boss,