Boues de St. Amand

(Les ). The mud baths of St. Amand (that is, St. Amand —les—Eaux, near Valenciennes, famous for its mineral waters). These mud—baths are a “sorte de limon qui se trouve prés des eaux minérales. ” By a figure of speech, one says, by way of reproof, to an insolent, foul-mouthed fellow, “I see you have been to the mud-baths of St. Amand.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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