a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant.
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How to use pickthank in a sentence
Le Mercier was a pickthank, angling after the favor of La Pompadour,—a pretentious knave, as hollow as one of his own mortars.The Golden Dog | William Kirby
So there came in three witnesses; to wit, Envy, Superstition, and pickthank.The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan | John Bunyan
Three witnesses were then called: Envy, Superstition, and pickthank.Bunyan | James Anthony Froude
It is at best but a pettifogging, pickthank business to decompose actions into little personal motives, and explain heroism away.The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson