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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tontine (2 syl.).
 
A legacy left among several persons in such a way that as anyone dies his share goes to the survivors, till the last survivor inherits all. So named from Lorenzo Tonti, a Neapolitan, who introduced the system into France in 1653.   1
 


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