(someone) kisses ass

"Kissing ass" means acting extra nice toward the boss, owner, teacher, or other authority figure:

He's always kissing Leroy's ass. It's so pathetic.

I don't want to hire someone who's just going to kiss my ass. I want honesty and hard work.

This phrase can be rude if you use it in the wrong time or place. That's because a person's "ass" is the part of the body that they sit on.

Generally, people describe someone as "kissing ass" when they're gossipping about coworkers.

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