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Coq-a-l'ane

A cock-and-bull story; idle nonsense, as “Il fait toujours des coq-à-l'âne ”- he is always doing silly things, or talking rubbish.

Il m'a répondu par un coq-à-l'âne

—His reply was nothing to the purpose.

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