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 Oignement de Bretaigne (French).Oil. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Oignons d’Egypte.
 
The flesh-pots of Egypt. Hence “regretter les oignons d’Egypte,” to sigh for the flesh-pots of Egypt, to long for luxuries lost and gone.   1
   Je plume oignons. I scold or grumble. Also peler des oignons in the same sense. A corruption of hogner, to scold or grumble.   2
       
Grifon. Que fais-tu là?
Braynault. Je plume ongnons.”
       
La Quarte Journéc du Mistere de la Passion.
       
“Pas ne savoit ongnons peler.”
       
Villon: Ballade ii.
 


 Oignement de Bretaigne (French).Oil. 

 
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