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Bagatelle (A)

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A trifle; a thing of no consideration. “Oh! nothing. A mere bagatelle.” In French, “Il dépense tout son argent en bagatelles” means, he squanders his money on trash. “Il ne sʹamuse quʹà des bagatelles,” he finds no pleasure except in frivolities. Bagatelle! as an exclamation, means. Nonsense! as “Vous dîtes quʹil me fera un procès. Bagatelle!” (fiddlesticks!)

“He considered his wife a bagatelle, to be shut up at pleasure” [i.e. a toy to be put away at pleasure].—The Depraved Husband.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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