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cherchez la femme

A French phrase meaning "look for the woman," the idea being that when a man starts behaving strangely, it is often because he is attracted to or involved with a woman. The phrase is typically attributed to French author Alexandre Dumas. A: "Todd has started dressing better and acting much more mature lately." B: "Hmm, cherchez la femme, methinks."
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cherchez la femme

This French phrase that translates as “look for a woman,” originated with the elder Alexandre Dumas in his novel The Mohicans of Paris. Its meaning is that unusual male behavior can often be traced to involvement with a female. For example, countless generations of adolescent boys who never paid attention to their wardrobe or personal grooming suddenly became interested in clothing fashions. They washed their face and combed their hair without being told to, and spent hours chatting on the telephone (now a computer or handheld device) with the classic teenage boy's dreamy/dopey look on their face. Their parents would regard the phenomenon with a knowing and bemused expression as they told each other, “cherchez la femme.”
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To the axiom that behind a successful man is a woman, Cardinal Richelieu counseled, "Cherchez la femme" (Look for the woman...to find his weak point).
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Elsa Franco Al GhaslanIn French detective stories, the expression "Cherchez la femme" (Look for the woman) is often ironically used to suggest the most probable culprit.
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Dans cette ruelle vous pouvez trouver ce que vous cherchez. Une ruelle de 80 metres de long tres proche de la place Attaba, la place la plus encombree au centre ville du Caire.
(17) These differences are also noted by Jonathan Gibson as part of his speculation about the relationship between Wroth's sequence and Shakespeare's; Gibson in particular notes that the ending of Folger with a poetic complaint is similar to the structuring of Shakespeare's volume, although I find it hard to credit the idea that it is possible to see Wroth as a kind of 'dark lady', or even that there is a conscious link between her poems and whatever lies behind the arrangement of Shakespeare's printed text: see Gibson, 'Cherchez la femme', Times Literary Supplement, 13 August 2004.
For example, in Beth's lesson, 'Find your family members' Cherchez les membres de votre famille (see Table 3).
Le regard, la voix, la respiration, la demarche sont identiques; mais comme il n'a pas ete donne a l'homme de pouvoir veiller a la fois sur ces quatre expressions diverses et simultanees de sa pensee, cherchez celle qui dit vrai: vous connaitrez l'homme tout entier.