[Grammar] Polish the apple

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

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

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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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