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Joncs

Etre sur le joncs (to be on the straw) — i.e. in prison.

Plantez aux hurmes yos picons
Da paour les bisans si tres-durs
Et aussi d'estre sur les joncz,
Emmanchez en coffre et gros murs.

Villon: Jargon et Jobelin, ballade 1.

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