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A lackey had been discharged for some cause or other, and it was believed he had taken it.

You talk glibly of ruining—but then you talk to a groom and lackey.

To let the lackey live would be to have the bargelli in the house by morning.

She paused, however, and, turning to the lackey who followed at her heels.

The lackey who was summoned did not know where the lady might be found, nor when she might return to Paris.

The thing so obsessed his mind that he must speak of it, if it be only to his lackey.

It is to treat me like a lackey, and have the right to feel offended.

From the rumble a lackey swung himself to the rough cobbles of the yard.

A lackey who was at the door informed me that his lordship was still in bed.

They would have told a lackey to kick this preposterous creation into the horse-pond.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "footman, running footman, valet," from Middle French laquais "foot soldier, footman, servant" (15c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Provençal lacai, from lecai "glutton, covetous," from lecar "to lick." Alternative etymology is via French from Catalan alacay, from Arabic al-qadi "the judge." Yet another guess traces it through Spanish lacayo, from Italian lacchè, from Modern Greek oulakes, from Turkish ulak "runner, courier." This suits the original sense better, but OED says Italian lacchè is from French. Sense of "servile follower" appeared 1580s. As a political term of abuse it dates from 1939 in communist jargon.

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