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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Écorcheurs.
 
Freebooters of the twelfth century, in France; so called because they stripped their victims of everything, even their clothes. (French, écorcher, to flay.)   1
 


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