E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hes a Robert Macaire. A bluff, free-living, unblushing libertine, who commits the most horrible crimes without stint or compunction. It is a character in M. Daumiers drama of LAuberge des Adrets. His accomplice is Bertrand, a simpleton and villain. (See MACAIRE.)