One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One of a number of women who sat and knitted while attending public executions during the French Revolution.‘as gleefully as the most ragged and revolutionary tricoteuse’
- ‘Very soon after the indictment of Mr. Libby, the tricoteuses glumly conceded that no conspiracy has been uncovered.’
- ‘In effect, they are the bulwarks of the tricoteuses.’
- ‘As the national team goes through the doldrums yet again the critics and the tricoteuses are lining up.’
- ‘She also has the musky and morbid sense of someone who is her own tricoteuse, knitting her own legend.’
- ‘As every poll comes out, yours truly cheers the passage of the tumbrel bearing the Howard Government to the guillotine as gleefully as the most ragged and revolutionary tricoteuse.’
French, from tricoter ‘to knit’.
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