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What does lick someone's boots mean?


Meaning of idioms with examples...

lick someone's boots

The phrase lick someone's boots means to act in a servile or obsequious way toward someone, especially to gain favor from them.

Shakespeare used this idiom in the form of lick someone's shoe in The Tempest (3:2) when Caliban wants to serve Stephano rather than Trinculo, offering to lick his shoe

CALIBAN
How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe.
I'll not serve him; he's not valiant.

Example(s):

She seizes every opportunity to lick the boss's boots.

This idiom is in the clothes category


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