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Point dʹAppui (French)

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A standpoint; a fulcrum; a position from which you can operate; a pretext to conceal the real intention. Literally the point of support.

“The material which gives name to the dish is but the point dʹappui for the literary cayenne and curry-powder, by which it is recommended to the palate of the reader.”—The Athenœum.

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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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