One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in French-speaking countries) a tobacconist's shop.
- ‘The Seattle-based retailer is taking France's coffee-drinking traditions either standing up at the tabac or stretched out after a long lunch head on.’
- ‘The fact that the small ‘tabac’ or tobacconist's shop within the café is to be closed by the new owner of Deux Moulins has intensified regulars' fears.’
- ‘Even the minority who think the euro a catastrophe and see themselves not as Europeans, not even as French citizens primarily, but as ‘Savoyards’, have been to the tabac and bought a starter pack of coins.’
- ‘And meanwhile behind me was a line of cars, like the muttering people at the tabac, impatient for me to get moving.’
French, literally tobacco.
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