LICKSPITTLE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary - lick spittles

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Lickspittle | Definition of Lickspittle by Lexico lick spittles


Lick-spittle. A slimy grovelling and devious person who will do anything to get ahead in their life and career including accepting an order from the boss to lick a .

And Washington is revealed once again as our modern Versailles, a place of courtiers and lickspittles who'd use the Ministry of Justice to serve their ambitions.

A compounding: lick (“pass one's tongue over”) + spittle (“saliva”); the verb may derive by back-formation from the nominal derivation lickspittling (see below).