- From French mouchard, from mouche ‘fly’. (Wiktionary)
“Not a "mouchard" tracked us; none even looked after us as we went.”
“The Frenchman cherished all the traditional hatred of his race for the profession of "mouchard," and would not be able to understand that a detective was of a higher standing.”
“If any man should be aware of the uses and sweets of friendship, is it not the moral leper known to the world as a spy, to the mob as a _mouchard_, to the department as an “agent”?”
“It was not the porter who spoke now: it was some kind of official relic or shadow or mouchard left from the old custom-house, and suffered to hang on the railway-station as an ornament.”
“Returning down the Rue de la Harpe before our house my landlady exclaimed to me in alarm, "Hide your pistols! there is a _mouchard_ (spy of the police) following you.”
“I believe that I, my blood being up, said something to the effect that if she would point him out I would shoot him forthwith, but the _mouchard_ had vanished.”
“He did it very well, too — much better than you would have expected from so apparently unwieldy a _mouchard_.”
“It is not easy to give a notion of his conduct under the Consulate and the Empire without borrowing such words as mouchard and mouton.”
“It is not easy to give a notion of his conduct under the Consulate and the Empire without borrowing such words as _mouchard_ and _mouton_.”
“I turned round with astonishment; but the ambulating book-vender had vanished, in consequence, as I conclude, of being observed by some _mouchard.”
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