You're too zealous a toadeater, and betray yourself. "” C. Dickens (1844).
A chaplain, tutor, toadeater, or some superior servant. "” J. Wilson (1819).
A toad eater, a led captain, an humble companion, are appellations which no man, who has a real sense of honour, would chuse to possess; but these are the best names bestowed upon men who spend their lives in courting the great by all arts, but those of virtue and truth. V. Knox (1781).
Origin of toadeater
- Originally, a charlatan's helper who ate (or pretended to eat) poisonous toads so that his employer could display his prowess in expelling the poison
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition