One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The unravelling of gold or silver thread from laces, epaulettes, or tassels, fashionable as a pastime among ladies, especially in France, in the latter part of the 18th cent.
Late 19th century. From French parfilage from parfiler to unravel thread by thread + -age.
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