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Chevalier d'Industrie

A man who lives by his wits and calls himself a gentleman.

“Denicheur de fauvettes, chevalier de l'ordre de l'industrie, qui va chercher quelque bon nid, quelque femme qui lui fasse sa fortune.” —Gongam, ou l'Homme Prodigieux (1713).

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