Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Oignement de Bretaigne (French).

 Oi Polloi,Oignons d’Egypte. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Oignement de Bretaigne (French).
A sound drubbing. Oignement is a noun corruptly formed from hogner. In Lyons boys called the little cuffs which they gave each other hognes.   1
“Frère Eleuthere a trenchoisons,
Et j’ay orgement de Bretaigne;
Qui garist de roigne et de taigne.”
Le Martyre de S. Denis, etc., p. 129.

 Oi Polloi,Oignons d’Egypte. 

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