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Barrette

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Parler à la barrette (French). To give one a thump the head. The word barrette means the cap worn by the lower orders.

“Et moi, je pourrais bien parler à ta barrette.”


Molière: LʹAvare.

It is also used to signify the ordinary birretta of ecclesiastics and (probably) of French lawyers. Il à reçu le chapeau or la barrette. He has been made a cardinal.


“Le pape lui envoyait la barrette, mais elle ne servit quʹ à le faire mourir cardinal.”—Voltaire: Siècle de Louis XIV., chap. xxxix.

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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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