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Boucan

Donner un boucan. To give a dance. Boucan or Bocan was a musician and dancing master in the middle of the seventeenth century. He was alive in 1645.

Thibaut se dit estre Mercure,
Et Porgueilleux Colin nous jure
Qu'il est aussi bien Apollon
Que Boccan est bon violon.

Sieur de St. Amant (1661).

“Les musiciens qui jouent au ballet du roi sont appelés `disciples de Bocan.' ” —Histoire Comique de Francion (1635).

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