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brown-nose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brown-nose flatter with the intention of getting something
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Idioms

Brown nose - When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.
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Usage

In literature:

He had a pair of light-brown eyes, a short straight nose, a nice mouth and a rather sharp chin.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He had gone up to Farmer Brown's and had jumped right under the nose of Bowser the Hound.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
When his turn came, he saw the reflection of a thin-faced, narrow-nosed, pleasant-looking young man with straight brown hair.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
She burrowed her little brown head into the pillow, and the salt tears trickled down her nose.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
On the shoulders and thighs are bluish black patches and the forehead and nose are blackish brown.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
The nose, ears, and outer surface of the legs and shoulders are of a brown hue.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Beside him stood Hector with nose on the Cure's knee and great brown eyes looking into the kindly face of the old man.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
She's thin and brown, and her nose wiggles like a rabbit's when she talks.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Her eyes were bright, her nose was sharp, and her clothing was all of a soft grayish-brown.
"Littlebourne Lock" by F. Bayford Harrison
Wynnette, the second girl, was a perfect brunette, with a saucy snub nose, brown complexion, and black eyes and black hair.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Elizabeth's brown eyes had fallen back into her bony, sharp-lined head, and her nose was thin and drawn.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The big brown eyes are round, so is the cherry-stained mouth, so is the pert, button nose.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The natives are, as a rule, small, with a yellowish brown skin; noses not large, lips not thick, but teeth very poor.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Instantly a whiskered, brown snub-nose, sniffing and twitching with interrogation, appeared at the edge.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Miss Amber had managed to shove her brown nose in front, with Regulator at her saddle girth.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
But soon his nose reached the breast of an impassive brown man.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He was a lean, brown young fellow with good, gray eyes and a shapely nose.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
The body was dark brown, but the nose and paws were light brown, and he had a light brown spot over each eye.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He was a round-faced, snub-nosed youth with clever brown eyes set very far apart, and a humorous mouth.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
It is known at once by its jet black color and brown nose.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
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In poetry:

Brown Lollard treads upon the lawn,
And to the armchair goes,
And now the old man's dreams are gone,
He smooths the long brown nose.
"The Ballad Of The Foxhunter" by William Butler Yeats
There was an Old woman of Bath,
And she was as thin as a Lath,
She was brown as a berry,
With a Nose like a Cherry;
This skinny Old Woman of Bath.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British
I'm a rattling boy from Dublin town,
I courted a girl called Biddy Brown,
Her eyes they were as black as sloes,
She had black hair and an aquiline nose.
"The Rattling Boy from Dublin" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Cleveland Browns' nose tackle Shaun Rogers placed in 12-month program for concealed weapons charge.
B ob Jelenic has a lean face with a commanding nose, and short, wispy brown hair.
White stripe down nose, brown over eyes and under chin.
He is a 3 year old Shih Tzu, white with brown and white hair and head, brown eyes, brown nose, and a brown patch near his white tail.
Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after teammate Jerry Brown died in a car crash early Saturday.
Last evening as I splashed through slush to reach the front door, I was greeted on the other side by four, big, brown eyeballs, dancing above two wet noses enthusiastically painting an abstract of doggy snot on my clean window.
It's not about brown-nosing or being a know-it-all.
Nose tackle Josh Brent is in jail and Jerry Brown is gone forever.
It's all about how he handles the tragedy of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown's death and the arrest of nose tackle Josh Brent for intoxication manslaughter.
A friend of Brown's since both attended Illinois -- has started multiple games at nose tackle in place of the injured Jay Ratliff.
Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, age 24, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the fatal crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown.
Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, age 24, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the fatal crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown KTVT-TV's Susy Solis reports.
Brent, a 6-foot-5-inch, 320-pound nose guard, was arrested at the scene of the accident Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a charge upped to intoxication manslaughter after the 25-year-old Brown died.
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested on intoxication manslaughter charges involving a car accident that killed Jerry Brown.
Dallas Cowboy's nose tackle Josh Brent is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter, following a one-vehicle accident that killed his teammate Jerry Brown.
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