cheese-eating surrender monkeys
Coined on the TV show The Simpsons in 1995.
- (humorous, derogatory) The French people.
2005, Julie Powell, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, 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.
Usually considered to be a plurale tantum.