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 Soi-disant (French).Soil the Milk before Using It. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To take soil. A hunting term, signifying that the deer has taken to the water. Soil, in French, is the mire in which a wild boar wallows. (Danish, söl, mire; Swedish, söla, to wallow.)   1
“Fida went downe the dale to seeke the hinde,
And founde her taking soyle within a flood.”
Browne: Britannia’s Pastorals, i. 84

 Soi-disant (French).Soil the Milk before Using It. 


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