(French). A ninny, a snob. From Molière's comedy of George
(George). A French cit, who marries a sprig of nobility,
and lives with his wife's parents. Madame appeals on all occasions to
her father and mother, who, of course, take her part against her
husband. Poor George is in a sad plight, and is for ever lamenting his
fate with the expression, Vous l'avez voulu, George Dandin (`Tis
your own fault, George Dandin). George Dandin stands for anyone who
marries above his sphere, and is pecked by his wife and
mother-in-law. The word means “a ninny.” (Molière's comedy so
A sort of Lynch judge in Rabelais, who seated himself on the trunk
of the first tree he came to, and there decided the causes submitted to
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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