(2 syl.). A favourite name in French plays, insomuch that
Robert Macaire is sometimes used generically for a Frenchman. It is
said that Aubrey de Montdidier was murdered in the forest of Bondy in
1371. His dog conceived such a hatred against Robert Macaire that
suspicion was aroused, and it was resolved to pit the man and dog
together. The result was fatal to the man, who died confessing his
guilt. The story is found in a chanson de geste of the 12th
century, called La Reine Sibile.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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