What does “brown-nose” mean?
Good question! ‘Brown-nose’ is verb indicating a way of trying really hard to please someone, especially one in authority. Other people might find this behavior unpleasant. The phrase ‘brown-nose’ is believed to have originated from the term ‘ass kissing’ which also means trying hard to impress a superior. The nose turned brown from too much ass kissing. Ex: The class was sick of watching him brown-nose the teacher.
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