(g hard). A phrase or sentence constructed after the
French idiom; as, “when you shall have returned home you will
find a letter on your table.” Government documents are especially
guilty of this fault. In St. Matt. xv. 32 is a Gallicism: “I have
compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now
three days, and have nothing to eat.” (Compare St. Mark viii. 2.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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