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Definition a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage;
or: try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
  • And the path I have in mind for you is far greater than being the mere toady of a stupid King.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • That impostor! that humbug! that toadying ignoramus!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I asked, imagining the sneers and the laughter, the adulation of the toadies, the scepticism of the professional poet.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • The toady clerk answered for me.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • All the bugs and toady-frogs shut right up, they quit chasing and biting each other 'cause this had to be the loudest whistle they'd ever heard too.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • I knew she thought I was a toady boy, but maybe having survived a brush with Saint Dane gave me a little more credibility.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • "I deal in information," he says to the smarmy, toadying pseudojournalist who "interviews" him.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • I'm a foot from Marcus, my fists hungry for his flesh, when two of his toadies, Thaddius and Julius, grab me from behind, wrenching my arms back.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • My brothers are my toadies here, my dear, and a pretty pair they are!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He didn't know him well since he was only an extra, and he didn't want to look like a toady and be despised.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She had her toadies, minor officials in Government offices who ran about putting through little jobs on her behalf, in return for which she gave them luncheon.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • He was educated at home till he was fourteen, surrounded by cheap tutors, free-and-easy but toadying adjutants, and all the usual regimental and staff set.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Within its surface, he did not see his own face but that of a toady-faced goblin with a forelock of black hair and a lipless mouth that stretched from ear to ear.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • I'm no man's toady."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Matthew Wood, after baiting John with fierce questions that threw the young student into confusion, had scornfully labeled him a "young toady with no mind of his own."
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • There were some of the girls who were of her own sort, who were willing to toady to her and flatter her; and these would carry tales about the rest, and so the furies were unchained in the place.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Halfway to Miami International, comfortably away from the switchboard where Queems or Queems's toadies were known to listen in, Hallorann stopped at a shopping center Laundromat and called United Air Lines.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • She knew that Princess Varvara had passed her whole life toadying on her rich relations, but that she should now be sponging on Vronsky, a man who was nothing to her, mortified Dolly on account of her kinship with her husband.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • There you see the kind of humanism that absolutely does not become ensnared in contradictions, that is in no way guilty of a retreat into Christian toadying, even though it resolves to see in the body the evil force, the antagonist.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up subservient to them in everything.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game

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