[Le Marais]. The pit of the National Convention, between
Mountain benches on one side, and those occupied by the ministerial
party and the opposition on the other. These middle men or “flats” were
“swamped,” or enforcés dans un marais by those of more decided
politics. (See Plain.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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