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  • The more mediocre the man, the better his chance of getting on among mediocrities; he can play the toad-eater, put up with any treatment, and flatter all the little base passions of the sultans of literature.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • The chaplain was quite successful: he had immense animal spirits as well as natural wit, and aptitude as well as experience in that business of toad-eater which had been his calling and livelihood from his very earliest years, — ever since he first entered college as a servitor, and cast about to see by whose means he could make his fortune in life.

    The Virginians

  • Mrs. Berry hates her cordially, and thinks she is a designing toad-eater, who has formed

    Mens Wives

  • Do not let persons on this account suppose that Mrs Robarts was a tuft-hunter, or a toad-eater.

    Framley Parsonage

  • I was used to this sort of thing by now, and having fellows fawn and admire the hero of Jallalabad, but this chap didn't look like a toad-eater.

    Flashman's Lady

  • If you're morally as soft as butter, as I am, with a good streak of the toad-eater in you, there's no doing anything with people like Bismarck.

    Royal Flash

  • Howard, that he has an establishment for life, and may be a toad-eater of Stumpy's.

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life

  • Mrs. Horton (60) sets out for Nice with a toad-eater and an upper servant of the Duke's this next week.

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life

  • He was not like Saurin in that respect, whose egotism saved him at least from being a toad-eater.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys

  • And again, a little later on in the same year, Punch compares the "beastliness" of Jenkins, "the life-long toad-eater," with the "beastly fellow" denounced in the Morning Post for swallowing twelve frogs for a wager!

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857


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  • A servant who had to do something unpleasant on behalf of

    his master. (16th century)

    January 14, 2018