【明報專訊】Gervase: Were you at the reception at City Hall yesterday?
Margie: I was. It's not surprising we didn't bump into each other, there were a lot of people there.
Gervase: And quite a few celebrities. I saw Arno Garton the crime writer.
Margie: Oh, I love his books. They're so full of suspense. And I got quite close to Zoe Barr, you know, the film director.
Gervase: Yes, I just caught a glimpse of her. She's hot at the moment because her latest film's tipped to get an Oscar.
Margie: I saw something else as well. My boyfriend's brother. He's in his last year at film school and he managed to get into conversation with her.
Gervase: He must be a smart operator.
Margie: Oh yes, and you should have heard him sucking up to her, saying what a fantastic director she was and how her latest film was bound to get an Oscar.
Gervase: Something tells me he was fishing for a job.
Margie: Absolutely. I can't say I blame him. The competition to get into the film industry is horrendous, so he was making the most of his opportunity.
To suck up to someone 是俚語，帶貶義，指討好某人，例如：①Dictators invariably surround themselves with people who suck up to them（獨裁者總是親近給他們吮癰舐痔者）。②Our boss is a wise man. Sucking up to him will get you nowhere（我們的老闆可不蠢。拍他馬屁並沒有好處）。