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‘After us the flood.’ Used to express complete indifference to what may happen when one is gone.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Edgeworth (1744–1817), educational writer and engineer. From French après nous le déluge, lit. ‘after us the flood,’ reputed comment of Madame de Pompadour to Louis XV after the French defeat at Rossbach in 1757 from après after + nous us + le the + déluge, apparently as alteration of après moi le déluge.
après nous le déluge/ˌapreɪ ˈnuː lə deɪˌluːʒ/
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