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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Point d’Appui (French).
 
A standpoint; a fulcrum; a position from which you can operate; a pretext to conceal the real intention. Literally the point of support.   1
        “The material which gives name to the dish is but the point d’appui for the literary cayenne and curry-powder, by which it is recommended to the palate of the reader.”—The Athenœum.
 


 Point-blank.Point de Judas (French). 

 
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