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 Battu.Battus paieront (Les). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Battu de fol Oiseau (Etre),
or “être battu de l’oiseau,” to be utterly dismayed; to be dazed. The allusion is to bird-catching at night, when a candle or lantern is held up before the birds aroused from their sleep; the birds, being dazed, are beaten down easily with sticks.   1

 Battu.Battus paieront (Les). 


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