One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used allusively to indicate the progressive diminution of something, especially the human lifespan.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in ‘George Eliot’ (1819–1880), novelist (real name Mary Ann Evans). From French peau de chagrin, lit. ‘skin of grained leather’ from peau + de + chagrin.
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