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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Homme de numero—that is “un homme fin en affaires.” M. Walckenaer says it is a shop phrase, meaning that he knows all the numbers of the different goods, or all the private marks indicative of price and quality.   1
“Il n’étoit lors, de Paris jusqu a Rome,
Galant qui sût si bien le numero.”
La Fontaine: Richard Minutolo.



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