• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Toad-eating sycophancy
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tádige, tádie, a toad.


In literature:

We kept a sharp lookout for anything to eat, but there was nothing but lizards and horned toads.
"Arizona Nights" by Stewart Edward White
This comes of my bringing you up, and letting you eat the bread of idleness and charity, you toad of a thousand!
"Paul Clifford, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Old Mr. Toad didn't see anything to eat.
"The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad" by Thornton W. Burgess
They'll eat just what toads eat, so they do no harm in a garden.
"Woodside" by Caroline Hadley
Worms are their usual food, but they also eat toads and frogs.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
I'm told they also eat that toad-stool we see growing on the beech trees; and if they'd do that, they'd eat anything!
"On Board the Esmeralda" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The Water-rats, or Voles, eat fishes, frogs, and toads, besides other food, and do infinite mischief to banks and dams, which they undermine.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
Will the toad eat them?
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
It was a toad, and he knew that toads eat spiders.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
The toad-eating Schoenstein burned with desire to copy these letters and send the transcript on to Emperor Francis Joseph.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Unto Rome conduct all roads: Think of this when eating toads.
"Mr. Punch's After-Dinner Stories"
Go and eat cinder cakes and toad-stools, but keep thy tongue well between thy teeth!
"Russian Fairy Tales" by R. Nisbet Bain
How was it possible that they could be willing to eat such filthy creatures as hop-toads?
"The Boys of Old Monmouth" by Everett T. Tomlinson
Induce a frog or toad to eat by dangling food, such as a piece of raw meat or meal worms, small earthworms, etc., before it.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
That little bit a fellah Toad can't manage me, so I must have plenty of time to eat some grass.
"Jamaican Song and Story" by Walter Jekyll
While puss was eating, Violet brought her flowers to the door again, and began to look about for the toads.
"Violet: A Fairy Story" by Caroline Snowden Guild
Lord Donald, as Kinloch remarks, would seem to have been poisoned by eating toads prepared as fishes.
"English and Scottish Ballads, Volume II (of 8)" by Various
He even eats rats, mice, serpents, toads, and lizards.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
If I pick toad-stools for mushrooms, and eat them, I shall pay the penalty, just the same as if I had eaten them on purpose.
"Spiritual Adventures" by Arthur Symons
After eating, the toads became sleepy, so she placed them back in the bowl and carried them to their accustomed place in the tepee.
"Star" by Forrestine C. Hooker

In news:

At least one crocodile in Kakadu and several more in the Katherine River to the south have died after eating the toads.
A Toad-Eat-Toad World,' and Other Tales of Animal Cannibals.
An Unnatural History" knows, cane toads eat everything except cane grubs and beetles, instead decimating invertebrates, lizards, frogs, birds and "biscuits" put out by sympathetic residents of Brisbane.
The stories of Frog resisting the urge to eat Toad 's cookies, and Toad 's unique garden-growing technique will be featured, among several others.