Bootlick Vs bootlicker [American English]

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Hello everyone,

I already know that "bootlick" means to (say nice things, do nice things, etc) to someone in order to obtain an advantage. My question: which option is idiomatic in my examples below in American English?

a. He's always bootlicking John because John is rich.


b. He's a bootlicker for John because John is rich.

* I think (a) is idiomatic because it sounds more simple.

Thank you in advance!
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    The word is not current so I'm tempted to say neither is idiomatic. ;) You can say someone is a bootlicker, but not that they are a bootlicker for someone. I can't recall hearing it as a verb.
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