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suck up to

Regionalisms from Spain 
suck up to(
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. lamerle las botas a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Diana has no patience for employees who suck up to her.Diana no soporta a los empleados que le lamen las botas.
b. lamerle el culo a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society.
Tomas is always sucking up to our boss.Tomás siempre le lame el culo al jefe.
c. chuparle las medias a
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
Sucking up to me isn't going to get you anywhere.Chuparme las medias no te va a llevar a ninguna parte.
d. hacerle la barba a
Regionalism used in Mexico
Your work should speak for itself; quit sucking up to management in hopes that you'll get a promotion.Tu trabajo debe hablar por sí solo; deja de hacerle la barba a la administración con la esperanza de que te asciendan.
e. hacerle la pata a
Regionalism used in Chile
Benjamin sucks up to the teacher a lot.Benjamín le hace la pata mucho al profe.
f. lambonear a
Regionalism used in Colombia
Regionalism used in Ecuador
Regionalism used in Panama
Maybe if you suck up to Anita a little more, you'll get that one-dollar raise. - I'm not sucking up!Quizá si lamboneas a Anita un poquito más, te dé el aumento de un dólar. - ¡No estoy lamboneando!
g. jalarle mecate a
Regionalism used in Venezuela
I'm not going to suck up to anyone to get what I want.No voy a jajarle mecate a nadie para conseguir lo que quiero.
h. lamerle el ojo a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
Sure, I'm nice and I try to be helpful, but I don't suck up to anyone.Claro, soy simpática y trato de ayudar, pero yo no le lamo el ojo a nadie.
i. hacerle la pelota a
Regionalism used in Spain
I got this job on my own merit, not because I sucked up to someone.Conseguí este trabajo por mi propio mérito, y no porque le hice pelota a alguien.
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