A nickname given to Napoleon III. It was the name of the
workman whose clothes he wore when he contrived to escape from the fort
of Ham, in 1846.
“If Badinguet and Bismarck have a row together let them settle it
between them with their fists, instead of troubling hundreds of
thousands of men who ... have no wish to fight.” —Zola: The
Downfall , chap. ii. (1892).
The party of the Emperor Napoleon III. The party of the
Empress were called “Montijoyeux” and “Montijocrisses,” from Montijo in
Spain. She was the second daughter of the Count of Montijo.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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