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TOAD

Tuberculous old alcoholic derelict Medtalk A deprecative acronym for an archetypal Pt seen in inner-city hospital wards. Cf Gomer.

toad

see bufo.
References in classic literature ?
For want of a nobler object to attack, it took the direction of the toad.
And the little toad went and brought out a great chest.
When the farmer's wife first saw him "she screamed and ran back, as women in England do at the sight of a toad or a spider.
Amongst the Batrachian reptiles, I found only one little toad (Phryniscus nigricans), which was most singular from its colour.
If your la'ship hath such a violent aversion, and hates the young gentleman so very bad, that you can't bear to think of going into bed to him; for to be sure there may be such antipathies in nature, and one had lieverer touch a toad than the flesh of some people.
Behind a mountain of toothpicks he makes your change, files your check, and ejects at you, like a toad, a word about the weather.
Lucy was naturally pleased that cousin Tom was so good to her, and it was very amusing to see him tickling a fat toad with a piece of string when the toad was safe down the area, with an iron grating over him.
There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.
They squeezed the heads of some with knotted cords till they pierced their brains, while they threw others into dungeons swarming with serpents, snakes, and toads.
Why, there's a ballad that says they put King Rodrigo alive into a tomb full of toads, and adders, and lizards, and that two days afterwards the king, in a plaintive, feeble voice, cried out from within the tomb-
I should find nothing but spiders, rats, and perhaps toads, too.
No, Rachel," Helen's voice continued, "I'm not going to walk in the garden; it's damp--it's sure to be damp; besides, I see at least a dozen toads.