Meaning of kiss up to in English:

kiss up to

Translate kiss up to into Spanish

phrasal verb

informal North American
  • kiss up to someoneBehave sycophantically or obsequiously towards someone in order to obtain something.

    • ‘I'm done kissing up to my new boss’
    • ‘He's being kissed up to in public, but the knives are out for him.’
    • ‘He seemingly scheduled every day around publicly kissing up to the people who hate him most.’
    • ‘Even if these gals were your only friends, you can't spend your days kissing up to them.’
    • ‘Often times, the ‘priests’ would not even belong to a religion, but would be scientists or philosophers kissing up to the current elite.’
    • ‘OK, now that I'm done kissing up to my new boss, let's move on to the reason you're reading this column - literary news and events.’
    • ‘He began to prance around his classroom, joking with his cronies, flirting with the girls and kissing up to the teacher.’
    • ‘Now, I'm forced to take orders from a woman who kisses up to the most spineless person I meet!’
    • ‘Trying to kiss up to her boss, Ellen instead puts her foot in her mouth and ends up in a Mexican prison.’
    • ‘This is the little teacher's pet who kisses up to Mr. Maddox.’
    be obsequious to, be sycophantic to, be servile to, curry favour with, pay court to, play up to, crawl to, creep to, ingratiate oneself with, dance attendance on, fall over oneself for, kowtow to, toady to, truckle to, bow and scrape before, grovel before, cringe before, abase oneself before