(3 syl., French). The sword of Doolin of Mayence. It was
so sharp that when placed edge downwards it would cut through a slab of
wood without the use of force. (See Swords.)
Also a term applied to the 18th century French ladies' dress.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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