Mouchard

(French). A spy, “qui fait comme les monches, qui voient si bien sans en avoir l'air. ” At the close of the seventeenth century, those petits-maitres who frequented the Tuileries to see and be seen were called mouchards (fly-men). (Dictionnaire Etymologique de Menage.)

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