One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘A train of about twelve persons, consisting of her noble fellow-travellers, toad-eaters, physicians, secretaries, & c. & c. & c. followed.’
- ‘Lord Exbury's foppish elder son, his self-absorbed daughter, a local toad-eater, and a peasant couple are examples of the breadth of the play's dramatis personae.’
- ‘It would be fair to assume that there wouldn't be much chance for advancement within a particular system dynamic for an accomplished toad-eater.’
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