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Masche-croute

[gnaw-crust]. A hideous wooden statue carried about Lyons during Carnival. The nurses of Lyons frighten children by threatening to throw them to Masche-croute.

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