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Definition of le vice anglais noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

le vice anglais

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a French phrase meaning 'the English vice'. It sometimes refers to sadomasochism (= gaining sexual pleasure by beating or whipping people), thought to be characteristic of the English, but is often used to mean any typically English fault or weakness.