kiss up to
. Seek or gain favor by fawning or flattery, as in I am not going to kiss as to get the raise I deserve
, or If I could find a good way to kiss up to the publisher, my book would be well promoted
. The first, a vulgar slangy usage, was first recorded in 1705 as kiss arse
, which is still the British usage. The variant, a euphemistic blend of kiss ass
and suck up to
, dates from the late 1900s.