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Bande Noire

Properly, a black band; metaphorically, the Vandal Society. Those capitalists that bought up the Church property confiscated in the great French revolution were so called, because they recklessly pulled down ancient buildings and destroyed relics of great antiquity.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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