All for having set up a truckle bed in a wretched garret in the roof.
Off with your cap, Snob; down on your knees, Snob, and truckle.
But Nature is the best writer; she will teach us to be men and not to truckle to power.'
I think it's sickening to try and truckle to her because she's so rich.
Shall we be so vile as to truckle to the enemies of France and show that we can fear them?
"She tried to truckle to Norty, too," put in Patricia Lennox.
As for Sam, let him pass; he'll not grind the poor, nor truckle to the rich, when he gives up his stewardship in the kingdom come.
Why does Orestes truckle to these circumcised, but because they lend money to him and to his creatures?
Quest was on his hands and knees, fumbling under his truckle bed.
I have not learned to bend and truckle to your will, doing your bidding like a dog; and, by Heaven!
"small wheel or roller," late 14c., from Anglo-French trocle, from Latin trochlea "a small wheel, sheaf of a pulley," from Greek trokhileia "a pulley," from trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run," from PIE root *dhregh- "to run" (cf. Old Irish droch "wheel," Lithuanian pa-drosti "to run fast"). Truckle bed "small bed on wheels that can be stowed under a larger bed" is from mid-15c.
"give up or submit tamely," 1610s, "sleep in a truckle bed" (see truckle (n.)). Meaning "give precedence, assume a submissive position" (1650s, implied in truckling) is perhaps in reference to that type of bed being used by servants and inferiors, or from it simply occupying the lower position. Related: Truckled; truckling.