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Brewer's: Frenchman

Done like a Frenchman, turn and turn again (1 Henry VI., iii. 4). The French are usually satirised by medival English authors as a fickle, wavering nation. Dr. Johnson says he once read a treatise the object of which was to show that a weathercock is a satire on the word Gallus (a Gaul or cock).

Frenchman.
The nickname of a Frenchman is ?Crapaud? (q.v.), ?Johnny? or ?Jean,? ?Mossoo,? ?Robert Macaire? (q.v.); but of a Parisian ?Grenouille? (Frog). (See Brissotins.)
They stand erect, they dance whene'er they walk; Monkeys in action, parroquets in talk.

Gay: Epistle III.

French Canadian,
?Jean Baptiste.? French Peasantry, ?Jacques Bonhomme.? French Reformers, ?Brissotins? (q.v.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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