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pickthank

[pik-thangk] /ˈpɪkˌθæŋk/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant.
Origin of pickthank
1490-1500
1490-1500; noun use of verb phrase pick a thank, pick thanks
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  • 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
  • Three witnesses were then called: Envy, Superstition, and pickthank.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • So there came in three witnesses; to wit, Envy, Superstition, and pickthank.

  • 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

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