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Renard

Une queue de renard. A mockery. At one time a common practical joke was to fasten a fox's tail behind a person against whom a laugh was designed. “Panurge never refrained from attaching a fox's tail or the ears of a leveret, behind a Master of Arts or Doctor of Divinity, whenever he encountered them.” —Rabelais: Gargantua, ii. 16. (See Reynard.)

Cest une petite vipére
Qui n'epargneroit pas son père,
Et qui par nature ou par art
Scait couper la queue au renard.

Beaucaire: L'Embarras de la Foire.

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