`kiss-,ass noun count usually singular AMERICAN OFFENSIVE
an insulting word for someone who does nice things for another person, but only because that other person is in a position to help them

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • kiss ass — kiss (someone s) ass American, very informal to try too hard to please someone and to agree with everything they say, in a way which other people find unpleasant. If you want promotion around here, you re going to have to kiss ass …   New idioms dictionary

  • kiss ass — phrasal : to act obsequiously especially to gain favor usually considered vulgar * * * I see kiss II vulgar slang behave in an obsequious or sycophantic way * * * kiss ass US informal + impolite 1 or kiss someone s ass or Brit …   Useful english dictionary

  • kiss-ass — 1. n. someone who is servile and obsequious. (Rude and derogatory.) □ I’m fed up with that kiss ass! D Don’t be such a sniveling kiss ass! 2. mod. servile and obsequious. (Usually objectionable.) □ He can be so kiss ass. It makes me sick. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • kiss ass — vb American to abase oneself, flatter or curry favour. A contemptuous description of obsequi ous or toadying behaviour. ► You wouldn t like it [working in a large corporation]; the first thing you d have to do is to learn to kiss ass. (Recorded,… …   Contemporary slang

  • kiss-ass — n American a sycophantic person, a crawler . This term of contempt can also be employed as an adjective, as in a kiss ass speech , for instance …   Contemporary slang

  • kiss ass — [B] be nice to get favors, brown nose    I won t kiss ass to get a job. I refuse to be a slave …   English idioms

  • kiss ass — phrasal usually vulgar to act obsequiously especially to gain favor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kiss ass — verb to flatter or perform favors excessively, especially to receive preferential treatment from a boss or other superior; to behave obsequiously …   Wiktionary

  • kiss-ass — noun An obsequious person …   Wiktionary

  • kiss-ass — adjective (only before noun) AmE slang a very impolite word used to describe the behaviour of someone who tries too hard to please other people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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