Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kiss someone’s arse v.

also kiss someone’s ass, ...assets, ...behind, ...breech, ...brown end, ...bum, ...butt, ...rump, ...tail
[arse n./ass n./bum n.1 (1)/butt n.1 (1a)/tail n. (1)]

to fawn, to act the sycophant, to toady to someone.

J. Taylor St Hillarie’s Teares 5: The spruce Mistress that had wont to sit in the Bar [...] not to be spoken withall if you would kiss her arse to speake with her, now familiar bids you so hearty welcome.
Mennis & Smith et al. ‘A Song’ Wit and Drollery 30: Thus kindly and in Courtesie, These few lines I have written, And now O love come kisse mine —— For I am all beshitten.
[UK] ‘Bum-Fodder’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) II 54: Lambert with all his men of Mars, / Have submitted to kiss the Parliaments Arse.
[UK]‘L.B.’ New Academy of Complements 131: And thou maist kiss mine Arse Cook, / And all was for a pudden they took.
[UK]Dialogue Between Sam, Ferry-man etc. Upon a Parliament at Oxford in Harleian Misc. II (1809) 120: Though his master should bid the speaker, and all the house of commons, kiss his ----, they durst not send a serjeant at arms for him.
[title] Kiss my A-se is no Treason.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 1 Dec. 1/2: If you accept my Proposal [...] bid all your Friends in Grub-street, like your Brother Walsingham, Kiss your Br—ch.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c 353: The spruce Mistress [...] not to be spoken withal if you would kiss her A---se to speak with her.
[UK]‘Conny Keyber’ Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews 13: You are a d—d, impertinent, stinking, cursed, confounded Jade, and I have great mind to kick your A—. You, kiss— says I. A-gad says he, and so I will.
[UK]Smollett Roderick Random 26: Here’s a sneaking dog! I always thought him a fellow without a soul, d--n me! a canting scoundrel, who has crept into business by his hypocrisy, and kissing the a-se of everybody.
[UK]F. Coventry Hist of Pompey Little I 103: Must I be catechized by a little Sycophant that kisses the A--e of a Minister?
[UK]Nancy Dawson’s Jests 13: You may bid the Devil kiss your A--e.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 320: But see to what your bragging comes; / You shake our walls! you kiss our bums.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 77: [as cit. 1772]. [Ibid.] II 156: If any blust’ring son of Mars / Affront you, bid him kiss your a—!
[UK] ‘A Scene in the Election’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 69: To serve your purpose you would not mind stooping to kiss my —.
[UK] ‘Billy Taylor’s Three Square’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 12: At length, his fame became so great, / He scarce could thro’ the village pass, / But all widows, wives, and maids, / Were ready to kiss this fellow’s ---.
[US]E. Dahlberg Bottom Dogs 211: One guy [...] who was a little more hardboiled that the rest said the whole Y.M.C.A. outfit could kiss his ass.
[US]J. Conroy Disinherited 14: It’s better to strike and lose like a man than to kiss the bosses’ fat rumps to hold a job.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 175: I had learned how to kiss the boss’s ass.
[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 82: I was never cut out to [...] kiss somebody’s behind.
[US]F. Swados House of Fury (1959) 100: Who do you think you are, the Queen a Sheba? Jus’ cause you can sing you want everybody to kiss your ass.
[US]C. Willingham End as a Man (1952) 175: What right has a freshman to win ninety bucks off a senior? You tell me that and I’ll kiss your tail in the middle of the quadrangle.
[UK]P. Kavanagh Tarry Flynn (1965) 69: You could be the independentest man in Ireland. You could tell all the beggars to kiss your arse.
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 69: Or maybe you’re memorizin’ my shield number so your uncle who knows the mayor because he kisses the mayor’s ass’ll have me broken.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 41: Smith, no less. I’ll kiss your ass in Macy’s window at high noon on Sataday if I ever heard of a Smith in Brooklyn.
[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 7: He’d played up exactly the right customers [...] kissing their tails, making them trust him.
[US](con. 1920s–30s) J.O. Killens Youngblood (1956) 412: He can kiss my assests.
[US] ‘Sam Hall’ in Oscar Brand Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads 47: He looked so bloody glum as he talked of Kingdom Come. / He can kiss my ruddy bum, damn his eyes.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 72: I’m not goin ta kiss your ass all day.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 74: Ah sho ainh’t gonna kis the behin uh no niggah charity wukur.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 65: He [...] told her he was sorry, apologized to her, got very humble, kissed her ass.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 18: So who doesn’t kiss the brown end, one way or another?
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 52: You’re telling these lifers that they’ll do at least fifteen unless they kiss your ass.
[US]E. Bogosian Talk Radio (1989) 40: I don’t kiss nobody’s butt—.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 9: Treating people badly and making them kiss his ass while they hated his guts.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] Fuck bosses and career ladders and stress and kissing some suit’s arse every day.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 7: So Sensira did a couple of farting little one-off gigs with the Grams, kissed their arses and humped their gear.
[UK]Guardian Editor 7 Jan. 10: Nobody’s kissing my ass, unfortunately.
[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 152: Sometimes it’s [i.e. success] down to kissing arse.