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 Pirith’oös.Pisa’nio. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pis-aller (French).
 
As a shift; for want of a better; a dernier ressort; better than nothing.   1
        “She contented herself with a pis-aller, and gave her hand … in six months to the son of the baronet’s steward.”—Sir W. Scott: Waverley, chap. v.
 


 Pirith’oös.Pisa’nio. 

 
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