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  • "Monsieur Mercier thought that if the Confederates were very much discouraged by their recent reverses, such language from the Minister of a great European Power might be a knock-down blow ( 'Coup d'assommoir' was the expression he used) to them.

    Great Britain and the American Civil War


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  • "In my mind, I saw it as an assommoir, or gin mill, from one of Zola’s novels."
    —Matt Gross, "Frugal Paris," New York Times, June 28, 2009, seen here.

    June 30, 2009