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Brewer's: Tapisserie

Faire tapisserie. To play gooseberry-picker, to be mere chaperon for the sake of ?propriety.? ?Se dit des personnes qui assertent un bal ou quelque autre grande runion sansy prendre part.?

?You accepted out of pure kindness faire tapisserie: Mrs. Arbuthnot, you are too amiable.? ?Mrs. Edwardes: A Girton Girl, chap. xxvi.

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