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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Definitions for lickspittle
  1. a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady.

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Citations for lickspittle
What do we have here, an honest muttonhead or a lickspittle? George R. R. Martin, A Storm of Swords, 2000
Please, I don't mind your making me out to be a soulless, corporate lickspittle, but at least don't make me sound like an ignorant, soulless, corporate lickspittle. Christopher Buckley, Thank You for Smoking, 1994
Origin of lickspittle
1620-1630
Lickspittle was first recorded in the 1620s. It is a combination of the terms lick, an action performed by the tongue, and spittle, a blend of Middle English nouns spit and spetil “saliva” (Old English spǣtl, variant of spātl).
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