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truckle1

[truhk-uh l] /ˈtrʌk əl/
verb (used without object), truckled, truckling.
1.
to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to):
Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; special use of obsolete truckle to sleep on a truckle bed. See truckle2
Related forms
truckler, noun
trucklingly, adverb
untruckled, adjective
untruckling, adjective
Synonyms
grovel, bow, concede, kowtow.
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British Dictionary definitions for untruckling

truckle1

/ˈtrʌkəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to yield weakly; give in
Derived Forms
truckler, noun
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete truckle to sleep in a truckle bed; see truckle²

truckle2

/ˈtrʌkəl/
noun
1.
a small wheel; caster
2.
a small barrel-shaped cheese
verb
3.
(intransitive) to roll on truckles
4.
(transitive) to push (a piece of furniture) along on truckles
Word Origin
C15 trokel, from Anglo-Norman trocle, from Latin trochlea sheaf of a pulley; see trochlea
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Word Origin and History for untruckling
truckle
"small wheel or roller," 1397, from Anglo-Fr. trocle, from L. trochlea "a small wheel, sheaf of a pulley," from Gk. trokhileia "a pulley," from trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run," from PIE base *dhregh- "to run" (cf. O.Ir. droch "wheel," Lith. pa-drosti "to run fast"). Truckle bed "small bed on wheels that can be stowed under a larger bed" is from 1459.
truckle
"give up or submit tamely," 1612, "sleep in a truckle bed" (see truckle (n.)). Meaning "give precedence, assume a submissive position" (1656, implied in truckling) is perhaps in allusion to that type of bed being used by servants and inferiors, or from it simply occupying the lower position.
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