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OEil

A l'oeil. On credit, for nothing. Corruption of the Italian a uffo (gratis). In the French translation of Don Quixote is this passage:

“Ma femme, disait Sancho Panca, ne m'a jamais dit oui que quand il fallait dire non. Or elles sont toutes de meme ... Elles sont toutes bonnes ä pendre ... passe cela, elles ne valent pas ceque pai daus l'oeil.”

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