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Jean Farine

[Jack Flour ]. A sort of Scaramouch, generally very tall, and representing a loutish boy dressed all in white, the hair, face, and hands being covered with flour.

“Jean Farine s'en fervient (du manteau d'un gentilhomme Gascon) un bonnet; et a le voir blanchastre, il semble qu'il soit desja enfarine.” —Les Jeux de l'Inconnu (1645).

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