Idioms

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Idioms

yes man

yes man

Meaning

  • a person who only agrees with the crowd or a group of people in order to please them or look good in front of them
  • individuals who do not really put any thought in what the other people are saying but simply agrees in order to impress them
  • people who are believed to be spinelessly and cannot stand up for their own views, but rather brainlessly follow the person with power or a person in charge
  • a person who will just agree with their supervisor irrespective of their own views

Example Sentences

  1. You really can’t trust what Donald might say in front of the boss. Everyone knows that he is just a yes man and I am not even sure if he has his own views on anything.
  2. Well, I think that he is just a yes man and does not have the strength to say what he actually feels in front of his wife. He will just agree with her.
  3. I don’t want you to be just a yes man but rather have your own views on things as well.
  4. He is just a yes man, trust me I have been working with him for 5 years. He will only say what the boss wants to hear.

Origin

The idiom yes-men originated from Rome when Julius Caesar was furious at his council of lawyers for their denial to give him correct answers. He had his lawyers killed which led to more years being added to his punishment and eventually led to his death by lions which was painful and gruesome.

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