pickthank
noun Etymology: from pick a thank to seek someone's favor Date: 15th century archaic sycophant

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  • Pickthank — Pick thank , n. One who strives to put another under obligation; an officious person; hence, a flatterer. Used also adjectively. [1913 Webster] Smiling pickthanks, and base newsmongers. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pickthank — /pik thangk /, n. Archaic. a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant. [1490 1500; n. use of v. phrase pick a thank, pick thanks] * * * …   Universalium

  • pickthank — noun A sycophant, a yes man …   Wiktionary

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  • pickthank — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: from the phrase pick a thank “to seek someone s favor” archaic : one who tries to curry favor by flattery, sycophancy, or talebearing smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers Shakespeare …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pleaseman — Please man, n. An officious person who courts favor servilely; a pickthank. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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