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 Renaissance Period (The).Renarder (French). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Une queue de renard. A mockery. At one time a common practical joke was to fasten a fox’s tail behind a person against whom a laugh was designed. “Panurge never refrained from attaching a fox’s tail or the ears of a leveret, behind a Master of Arts or Doctor of Divinity, whenever he encountered them.”—Rabelais: Gargantua, ii. 16. (See REYNARD.)   1
“C’est une petite vipère
Qui n’epargneroit pas son père,
Et qui par nature ou par art
Scait couper la queuë au renard.”
Beaucaire: L’Embarras de la Foire.

 Renaissance Period (The).Renarder (French). 


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