“In a Pickwickian sense” refers to the joking use of insulting words or epithets.
The phrase comes from Dickens’s Pickwick Papers (1836-37).
Samuel Pickwick exchanges barbs in just such a friendly way with Mr. Blotton in Chapter One.
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