Others claimed that he had improperly mixed religion and politics and had served as a toady of Prime Minister José María Aznar.
I admit he can be fearfully blunt at times, but surely that's better than being a toady ?
He calls it a ‘parasite’, which she learned in school is usually defined as a hanger-on, a toady , a sycophant.
Conversely, but equally false, is the image of a toady who curries favor from higher-ups or someone who twists selfsacrifice into a self-serving art form.
He was grinning with the expectant air of an ambitious toady as he balanced on his tiptoes.
Mere subordination is unamusing, and we have a vocabulary that allows us to express our disapproval of people whose aim is nothing else but to please - toady , creep, sycophant, etc., are the correlates of the bully.
You know, the all too familiar signs of smugness, ingratiating habits, or simply the false earnestness and self-satisfaction associated with a testosterone-powered toady .
He may have signed off on the idea of creating a youth brigade, and put a gold star in the dossier of the sweating toady who proposed the idea.
Should I make some amusing reference to a recent out-of-school meeting, or will the teacher think I'm a toady ?
She would show Lord William that she was not about to turn into a weepy-faced toady over him.