cheese-eating surrender monkeys

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined on the TV show The Simpsons in 1995.

Noun[edit]

cheese-eating surrender monkeys (plural only)

  1. (humorous, derogatory) The French people.
    • 2005, Stephen Chan, Out of Evil: New International Politics and Old Doctrines of War[1], ISBN 1-85043-420-4, page 134:
      IN PRAISE OF CHEESE-EATING SURRENDER MONKEYS OR WASHINGTON FUNDAMENTALISTS VS PARISIAN MONKEYS
    • 2005, Julie Powell, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen[2], ISBN 978-0-7595-1457-7, page 178:
      It's all about the “French Paradox,” that much-publicized puzzle of how French people eat all that fatty food and drink tons of wine, yet still manage to be svelte and sophisticated, not to mention cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
    • 2008, Sara Paretsky, Bleeding Kansas[3], ISBN 978-1-1012-1192-2, page 170:
      Maybe it's their French blood. If it is, we sure don't need cheese-eating surrender monkeys in the Kaw River Valley!

Usage notes[edit]

Usually considered to be a plurale tantum.