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Plain

(The). The Girondists were so called in the National Convention, because they sat on the level floor or plain of the hall. After the overthrow of the Girondists this part of the House was called the marsh or swamp (marais), and included such members as were under the control of the Mountain (q.v.).

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