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Brewer's: Belles Lettres

Polite literature (French); similarly, Beaux arts, the fine arts. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894BellefontaineBelle A B C D E F G H I J K L M N …

Brewer's: Commis-voyageur

(A). A commercial traveller. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894CommitteeCommendation Ninepence A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V …

Brewer's: Lettre de Cachet

(French). An arbitrary warrant of imprisonment; a letter folded and sealed with the king's cachet or little seal. These were secret instructions to the person addressed to proceed against s…

Brewer's: Lettre de Jerusalem

A letter written to extort money. (See Vidocq: Les Voleurs, i. 240-253.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894LeucadiaLettre de Cachet A B C D E F G H I J…

Brewer's: Jean de Lettre

(Mr. Jenkins). “Qui pour l'ordinaire, dit Tallemant, est un animal mal idoine à toute autre chose.” (Mme. Deshoulières: Historiettes, ix. 209, x. 82.) Source: Dictio…

Brewer's: Pied de la Lettre

(Au). Quite literally. “Of course, you will not take everything I have said quite au pied de la lettre.” - Fra. Olloe: A Philosophical Trilogy. Source: Dictionary of Phrase an…

Brewer's: Au Pied de la Lettre

(French). Literatim et verbatim; according to the strict letter of the text. ldquo;In reading au pied de la lettre the story of his [Buddha's] fatal illness supervened on a meal of dried bo…

Brewer's: Jean Farine

[Jack Flour ]. A sort of Scaramouch, generally very tall, and representing a loutish boy dressed all in white, the hair, face, and hands being covered with flour. “Jean Farine s'en fe…

Brewer's: Key of a Cipher

or of a romance. That which explains the secret or lays it open (“La clef d'un chiffre ” or “La clef d'un romance”). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cob…