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Can brown nose be used as a verb? Ex; He brown noses the manager?
Is there any word which has the same meaning as brown nose?
I don't like "he brown noses" without a hyphen. Is it common?
I think your examples are vulgar. Does brown nose have the same sense of kiss up or boot lick
How to say someone shows affection to someone else to gain advantages without being rude
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But in all seriousness...The inspiration for this term is the idea that an obsequious sycophant would be willing to kiss the hindquarters of the person being toadied to. The brown is a reference to the excrement with which the nose of the flatterer would be covered.
Suck up, kiss up, and bootlick aren't vulgar either, whatever the inspiration for them might be. You are after all describing a sycophant, which is not a flattering description by any standard.Despite the scatological inspiration of the term brown-nose, it is not considered to be very vulgar or offensive. Some people, unaware or unsure of its origin, don't consider it offensive at all, but at worst I would say that it is only mildly offensive. It is definitely slang, though, so may not be appropriate in many circumstances.