Green’s Dictionary of Slang

arse-lick v.

also ass lick

to toady, to be sycophantic.

[US]F. Swados House of Fury (1959) 118: Ain’t goin’ round lickin’ no white ass if I kin ever kick it.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 72: Ass lick Curry favor with a professor.
[SA]H. Levin Bandiet 126: Those were the days [...] when you knew where you were in the boop, when you didn’t have to betray all your friends to get to B group and arse-lick your way to A group.
[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 91: The first thing them black people from over there try to do [...] is to see how much white ass he can lick!
[Scot]I. Welsh Trainspotting 307: Donnelly, the Saughton Kid, a radge whae Mikey Forrester used tae arselick.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] The bastard’s last chance is to arselick the boys at the cemetery.

In derivatives

arse-licker (n.) (also ass-licker, licker)

1. a toady, a sycophant.

[US]J. Weidman What’s In It For Me? 127: I’d seen ass-lickers before, but my God!
[UK]J. Burke Till Death Us Do Part 97: You’re a right old licker you are. [...] Bowing and scraping here just because he’s a Lord.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘Poem About Oxford’ in Coll. Poems (1988) 179: City we shared without knowing [...] Till we left, and were glad to be going / (Unlike the arselicker who stays).
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 109: He’s surrounded by so many arse-lickers.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) 1 Oct. 🌐 Good doses of unemployment and starvation wages will make us a nation of arse-lickers.
[UK]Guardian 26 Feb. 13: My time of being an arse-licker for famous ‘tops’ is over.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 8/1: arse licker n. 1 (also bumlicker) an inmate who ingratiates himself with prison officials in order to get through his sentence easily.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 98: Bob Villani's Army life, had he taken orders from dickheads and arselickers like this man?

2. a person who licks another’s anus for sexual pleasure.

[NZ]H. Beaton Outside In Act II: sandy: ARSELICKER! DOG! CUNT! kate: PIG FUCKER!!!
[US]‘Victoria Parker’ Pay for Play Cheerleaders 🌐 Mr. Towson clutched and pinched Chrissie’s ass, and his tongue danced with a furious frenzy on her bugger hole. ‘Ass-licker!’ Chris shouted. ‘Dirty ass-licker!’.

3. (N.Z. prison) an informer.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 8/1: arse licker 2. an informer.

4. (N.Z. prison) a general term of abuse; esp. a gullible invidiual, a ‘sucker’.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 8/1: arse licker 3. a person who is easily conned [...] 5. a general termn of abuse.

5. (N.Z. prison) a child molester.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 8/1: arse licker 4. a child molester.
arse-licking (n.)

sycophancy, grovelling.

[UK]D.H. Lawrence in Lawrence Memoirs (1961) 189: [Written in D.H.L.’s hand over a flattering letter] Arse-licking [OED].
[Aus]J. Davis Dreamers 84: Arse-lickin’ I call it, you’re just scareda gettin’ belted up.
[Ire]B. Geldof Is That It? 151: I thought of all the arse-licking, the hype, the false politeness.
[Ire](con. 1945) S. McAughtry Touch and Go 137: It’s too much like the airforce, you know, rank and promotion, and arse-licking.
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 314: Stronach, now bolstered by Lennox’s arse-licking, has stopped trying to compete with Dolacre.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 21 Jan. 11: He thinks Hollywood’s got a ‘really sick kind of arse-licking hierachy to it’.
[Aus]G. Disher Consolation 108: ‘Just ordinary, everyday arselicking is appropriate’.
arse-licking (adj.) (also ass-licking, arse-lick)

1. extremely servile, grovelling.

[[US]H.H. Brackenridge Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt I Vol. I Bk IV 43: It is your scratching, rump-tickling people, that get into place and power].
[UK]K. Amis letter 19 Jan. in Leader (2000) 361: FLITHY ARSELICKING URINESPEAK.
[UK]Oz 3 13: Ill-written, unutterably boring, lying, arse-licking speeches.
[Ire]J.B. Keane Bodhrán Makers 305: Better to be with him than at the mercy of contrary priests and arse-lickin’ holy Josies.
[UK](con. 1918) P. Barker Eye in the Door 31: Bugger off back to London you greasy, arse-licking little sod.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 22: The attention she’s got from the ass-lickin’ clipboard crew.
[US]T. Parker South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut [film script] Shut your fucking face, uncle fucka. You’re a cocksucking, asslicking uncle fucka.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 21 Jan. 11: He thinks Hollywood’s got a ‘really sick kind of arse-licking hierachy to it’.

2. exaggerated.

[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 196: We head to wha Farooq tells me is a haulage yard. Turn out to be a right arselick description for a shed sinkin in mud.