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 Oi Polloi,Oignons d’Egypte. 
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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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