French novelist, essayist, critic, and dramatist. His fiction, interesting both for its formal experimentation and its teasing exploration of sexuality and morality,...
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in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
ublished online January 2013
Subjects: History of English.
A gratuitous or meaningless action performed on an impulse. The phrase was coined by the writer André Gide (1869–1951
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