rond-de-cuir

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Etymology[edit]

From French rond-de-cuir.

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rond-de-cuir (plural ronds-de-cuir)

  1. A French bureaucrat or functionary; an office worker.
    • 2013 March 11, Lara Marlowe, “Magic of living in Paris punctures pain of endless French bureaucracy”, The Irish Times:
      In 1893, Georges Courteline immortalised France's petty bureaucrats in a satirical novel called Messieurs les Ronds-de-Cuir, after the leather cushions that civil servants sat on. The "ronds-de-cuir" are still ridiculed and detested. Like Courteline's bureaucrats, the tormentors of the préfecture derive sadistic pleasure from sending people away for ever more documents.
  2. (colloquial, pejorative) A pen-pusher.

References[edit]

  • "rond de cuir, n.". OED Online. March 2013. Oxford University Press. 14 March 2013



French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

rond-de-cuir m (plural ronds-de-cuir)

  1. doughnut-shaped leather cushion to relieve haemorrhoids
  2. (colloquial, pejorative) pen-pusher
  3. leather patch (for elbows of clothing)

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