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Toad Eater (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Toad Eater

A poor female relation, and humble companion, or reduced gentlewoman, in a great family, the standing butt, on whom all kinds of practical jokes are played off, and all ill humours vented. This appellation is derived from a mountebank’s servant, on whom all experiments used to be made in public by the doctor, his master; among which was the eating of toads, formerly supposed poisonous. Swallowing toads is here figuratively meant for swallowing or putting up with insults, as disagreeable to a person of feeling as toads to the stomach.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

Tizzy * Toad

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