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Piou-piou

An infantry soldier. This is probably a corruption of pion, a pawn or foot-soldier. Cotgrave, however, thinks the French foot-soldiers are so called from their habit of pilfering chickens, whose cry is piou piou.

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