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Maximilien Robespierre

Name at birth: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de RobespierreInfluenced by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Robespierre went from being active in the National Assembly of France to being a leader of the Jacob…

Robespierre's Weavers

The fish-women and other female rowdies who joined the Parisian Guard, and helped to line the avenues to the National Assembly in 1793, and clamour “Down with the Girondists!” …

Fall In

(To). To take one's place with others; to concur with, as “he fell in with my views”—that is, his views or ideas fell into the lot of my views or ideas. (See Fall Out.) …

Fall to

(To). To begin [eating, fighting, etc.]. “They sat down ... and without waiting ... fell to like commoners after grace.” —Kane: Arctic Explorations, vol. i. chap. xxx. p.…

Fall in With

(To). To meet accidentally; to come across. This is a Latin phrase, in aliquam casu incidere. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Fall into a SnareFall Upon A B …

Fall From

(To). To violate, as “to fall from his word;” to tumble or slip off, as “to fall from a horse;” to abandon or go away from, as “to fall from grace.” So…

Fall Foul

To fall foul of one is to make an assault on someone. A sea term. A rope is said to be foul when it is entangled; and one ship falls foul of another when it runs against her and prevents he…

Fall into a Snare

(To), or “To fall into an ambuscade.” To stumble accidentally into a snare. This is a Latin phrase, “insidias incidere. ” Similarly, to fall into disgrace is the Lat…

Fall Short of

(To). To be deficient of a supply. This is the Latin excido, to fail. To fall short of the mark is a figure taken from archery, quoits, etc., where the missile falls to the ground before re…

Fall of the Drop

(The), in theatrical parlance, means the fall of the drop-curtain at the end of the act or play. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Fall Out ofFall of Man A B …