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    Polish the apple

    Is the expression "Don't polish the apple" already old-fashioned?

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    Re: Polish the apple

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    Is the expression "Don't polish the apple" already old-fashioned?
    I've never heard it.

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    Re: Polish the apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Is the expression "Don't polish the apple" already old-fashioned?

    Please let us know where did you hear this phrase.

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    Re: Polish the apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Please let us know where did you hear this phrase.
    According to the American Heritage, "apple-polish" means
    "To seek favor by toadying."

    I was not sure when I heard this phrase.
    Do you ever say, "Don't apple-polish" then?

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    Re: Polish the apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    According to the American Heritage, "apple-polish" means
    "To seek favor by toadying."

    I was not sure when I heard this phrase.
    Do you ever say, "Don't apple-polish" then?
    Maybe it's an American thing. I've never come across it in BrE, in my experience of over 50 years.

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    Re: Polish the apple

    Google gives dictionary entries only, so I guess it isn't used much.

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    Re: Polish the apple

    I have never heard of it either.
    But I have an old dictionary which gives 'apple-polisher' (U.S. noun) meaning 'toady' 'flatterer'.

    Hope it's of some help.

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