One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object Figurative. To deliver or unburden (of something), in the manner of a midwife; (also) to bring to general notice, as if by the action of a midwife or accoucher. Now rare.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From French accoucher to take to one's bed for the delivery of a child, (reflexive) to give birth, to assist (a woman) in giving birth, to produce (an artistic or literary work) from a- + coucher.
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