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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: toadeater 'helper of a seller of medicines who pretended to eat toads (thought to be poisonous) to prove the value of the medicine' (17-19 centuries)

toady

1 noun
     
toad‧y1 plural toadies [countable]
informal someone who pretends to like an important person and does things for them, so that that person will help them - used to show disapproval

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