One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who behaves obsequiously to someone important; a toady.
sycophant, toady, lackey, flunkey, minion, stooge, kowtower, truckler, groveller, crawler, creep, fawner, flatterer, lickspittle, uriah heep, puppet, cat's paw, instrument, pawn, underling, hanger-on, camp follower, doormat, spanielView synonyms
- ‘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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