brown nose


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brown nose

a form of photosensitive dermatitis in cattle, with the most obvious lesion on the muzzle.
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Over here, Britain is preparing to play the role of brown nose Robin to Batman Bush by making the armed forces take over from the firefighters.
Aguinis' 1998 survey of Cornell University MBA alumni showed that nearly 35 percent of employees brown nose at least once a week.
Mrs Choccyface - she gets her name from her brown nose - is the guinea pig with everything .
A decade ago it would have seemed as likely as Saddam Hussein shaking George Bush's hand rather than his neck, or Tony Blair emerging from his master's lair minus his trademark brown nose.
HAVING, in recent weeks, forfeited any claim to the title of jockeys' apologist, and probably now having fewer friends in the weighing room than Dermot Weld has in Australia, I rest easy in the knowledge that I can stick up for one of our wiry friends without being awarded the dreaded OBN - the Order of the Brown Nose.
Among fascinating anecdotes about his insecurity and fear of rejection at elections (occupational hazard for politicians, Peter), there is also a real candidate for an Order of the Brown Nose award.
When George Bush was in town, every day was Brown Nose Day for Blair.