cherchez la femme

cherchez la femme

[sher-shey la-fam]
French.
look for the woman: advice offered facetiously in any situation, especially one of doubt or mystery.
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cherchez la femme
Fr., lit. "seek the woman," on the notion that a woman is the cause for whatever crime has been committed, first used by Alexandre Dumas père in "Les Mohicans de Paris" (1864) in the form cherchons la femme.
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