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Examples of truckle in a Sentence
the kind of guy who truckles to anyone who has even a suspicion of money
Recent Examples of truckle from the Web
During the campaign, most of Trump’s fallen rivals blasted him in exceptional terms—before truckling to support him against Hillary Clinton.
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Did You Know?
When truckle was first used in English in the 15th century, it meant "small wheel" or "pulley." Such small wheels were often attached to the underside of low beds, to allow them to be easily moved under high beds for storage. These beds came to be known as truckle beds (or trundle beds), and a verb truckle - meaning "to sleep in a truckle bed" - came into being. By the 17th century, the fact that truckle beds were pushed under larger standard beds had inspired a figurative sense of truckle: "to yield to the wishes of another" or "to bend obsequiously." The initial verb meaning became obsolete; the newer sense is fairly rare but is still in use.
Origin and Etymology of truckle
First Known Use: 1647See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of truckle
- waiters fawning over a celebrity
- toadying to his boss
- truckling to a powerful lobbyist
- a cringing sycophant
- cowering before a bully
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