I mean to hold my own, and do as I please with my own, and live as I like, and toady no one.
I guess they got you up here simply to make you toady to them.
"I did—but I was afraid the fellows would kill me if I didn't do it," whined the toady.
"I shan't hit you while you're down," said Toady calmly but decisively.
Toady was in deadly earnest, but still the older boy temporized.