One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who sits and knits (used especially in reference to a number of women who did this, during the French Revolution, while attending public executions).
- ‘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.’
- ‘As the national team goes through the doldrums yet again the critics and the tricoteuses are lining up.’
- ‘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.’
French, from tricoter ‘to knit’.
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