Definitions

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  • n. A sycophant and hanger-on or lackey.

Etymologies

From Hindi चम्चा (ćamća) (spoon, colloquial for a sycophant and hanger-on or lackey). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indira's "chamcha" must realise it was just a cruel play of destiny which has made Rahul Gandhi the "Prince of Wales of India", a place which should have rightly belonged to Varun if his father had not met a tragic end.

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  • One newspaper baron and government chamcha -- apple polisher in Urdu -- became the laughing stock of the country’s new media when he went on television to suggest that revelations about how Pakistan’s government had lied to its people, subverted its national sovereignty, and coordinated foreign attacks didn’t faintly measure up to those about leaders in other countries.

    Fatima Bhutto: A Flood of Drone Strikes: What the Wikileaks Revelations Tell Us About How Washington Runs Pakistan

  • The wife of an Indian government official (Saleem's uncle Mustapha Aziz), who has been passed over forty-seven times for the headship of his department, is driven insane "by a life in which she has been required to begin 'being a chamcha' (literally a spoon, but idiomatically a flatterer) to forty-seven separate and successive wives of number-ones whom she had previously alienated by her manner of colossal condescension when they had been wives of number-threes…."

    On the Indian World-Mountain

  • So if you are an English chamcha these days, let it be.

    The Satanic Verses

  • Late Kanshiram summarized his assessment of this policy in his pamphlet, 'chamcha yug' (the era of stooges).

    Countercurrents.org

  • Pack your bag and go to your hometown - Swat valley - you belong there. congress chamcha by vasant on 2009-02-18

    Screen News

  • You chamcha No. 1, boot licker of Congress and supporter of the worst leader we ever had who laid foundation of our spiritual/mental downfall.

    Latest News Online - Express Indian

  • "I'm nobody's 'chamcha [tool], nor do I take dictation from anyone," The Nation quoted Musharraf, as saying.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • When you ask youth to join congress, are you asking them to be a leader, or your chamcha on whose shoulder you can climb your way up to the throne?

    Latest News Online - The Indian Express

  • Would the Italian Government, the Pope and the chamcha-s of 10 Janpath answer the fundamental issues raised in these articles?

    Shadow Warrior

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