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enfant terrible -- (French)
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  • …is anything in which I can advise you, from a perhaps somewhat longer career in science, please believe that I shall be delighted to be of aid, and I am quite sure the same obtains with Dr. Holabird here, though he really ought to be jealous, because he is one of our youngest workers—in fact I call him my enfant terrible—but you, I believe, are only thirty-three, and you quite put the poor fellow’s nose out!" Holabird merrily suggested, "Oh, no, Doctor, it’s been put out long ago.

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  • "Yes, and she’s jolly and we like her lots," added Kitty, who is an ’enfant terrible’.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • This was Princess Myakaya, noted for her simplicity and the roughness of her manners, and nicknamed enfant terrible.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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