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  • From the French for 'galley' "kind of ship", in allusion to a line from Molière's Les fourberies de Scapin: Que diable allait-il faire dans cette galère? "What the devil was he doing on that galley?", i.e. How on earth did he come to be in with that bunch of people?

    July 16, 2008

  • A coterie of undesirable people.

    July 16, 2008