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In this context,someone wants a promotion and someone needs to 意思意思 his superior;意思意思 means bribery and it is supposed to invoke nepotism。

Does English have a word or idiom like 意思意思?

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    answer in online dictionaries: bkrs:coll. as a mere token 以送礼、请客等方式表示心意。jukuu: 意思意思, samples 7 . To serve as a token 意思意思 9. It's the thought that counts. 意思意思就行了。 – user6065 Aug 25 '17 at 15:23
  • 这是我的一点心意 / 一点表示, means a little something, compliments, later the expression changes to 一点意思, like: 这是我的一点意思. – 賈可 Jacky Aug 30 '17 at 2:22
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'In this context,someone wants a promotion and someone needs to 意思意思 his superior;'

fawn(v.):

Old English fægnian "rejoice, be glad, exult, applaud," from fægen "glad" (see fain); used in Middle English to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail (early 13c.), hence "court favor, grovel, act slavishly" (early 14c.). Related: Fawned; fawning.

你要讨好老板, 就是你得‘fawn'. 'fawn upon someone'

'grovelling' also has this meaning and 'curry favour with someone'.

fawn: to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor:

The courtiers fawned over the king.

I found this: https://zhidao.baidu.com/question/1446521891194685020.html

  • Suck up and brown nose maybe? I've had a very hard time to deal with huge synonyms and so-called thesaurus in English. Sometimes, I can't differentiate those. – dan Aug 26 '17 at 14:03
  • Post the Chinese sentence you want to translate, I'll try to change it to reasonable English. – Pedroski Aug 26 '17 at 22:19
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  • 意思意思*

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as a mere token

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do sth as a token; serve as a token

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