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Coup de Pied de l'Ane

(kick from the ass's foot). A blow given to a vanquished or fallen man; a cowardly blow; an insult offered to one who has not the power of returning or avenging it. The allusion is to the fable of the sick lion kicked by the ass. (French.)

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