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Johnny Crapaud

A Frenchman, so called by the English sailors in the long Napoleon contest. The ancient Flemings used to call the French “Crapaud Franchos.” In allusion to the toads borne originally in the arms of France.

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