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Brewer's: Gautier

and Garguille (French). All the world and his wife. Se mocquer de Gautier et de Garguille (to make fun of everyone). Gautier-Garguille was a clown of the seventeenth century, who gave hims…

Brewer's: De Facto

Actually, in reality; in opposition to de jure, lawfully or rightfully. Thus John was de facto king, but Arthur was so de jure. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1…

Brewer's: De Jure

(Latin). By right, rightfully, lawfully, according to the law of the land. Thus a legal axiom says: “De jure Judices, de facto Juratores, respondent” (Judges look to the law, ju…

Brewer's: De Novo

(Latin). Afresh; over again from the beginning. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894De ProfundisDe Nihilo Nihil Fit A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P…

Brewer's: De Profundis

[Out of the depths]. The 130th Psalm is so called from the first two words in the Latin version. It is sung by Roman Catholics when the dead are committed to the grave. Source: Dictionary…

Brewer's: De Rigueur

Strictly speaking, quite comme il faut, in the height of fashion. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894De TropDe Profundis A B C D E F G H I J K L M …

Brewer's: De Trop

(French). Supererogatory, more than enough. Rien de trop, let nothing be in excess. Preserve in all things the golden mean. Also “one too many,” in the way; when a person's pres…

Brewer's: Chien de Jean de Nivelle

(Le), which never came when it was called. Jean de Nivelle was the eldest son of Jean II. de Montmorency, born about 1423. He espoused the cause of the Duke of Burgundy against the orders o…

Brewer's: Roman de Chevalier de Lyon

by Maitre Wace, Canon of Caen in Normandy, and author of Le Brut. The romance referred to is the same as that entitled Ywain and Gawain. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham …

Brewer's: Coup de Pied de l'Ane

(kick from the ass's foot). A blow given to a vanquished or fallen man; a cowardly blow; an insult offered to one who has not the power of returning or avenging it. The allusion is to the f…