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André Gide

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1869–1951)

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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Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 25 words.

A gratuitous or meaningless action performed on an impulse. The phrase was coined by the writer André Gide (1869–1951

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