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Mean­ing ‘feather’, plume also means ‘quill’ from the days when feath­ers were used to write with. Hence, nom de plume means ‘a writer’s alias’. Léger comme une plume trans­lates as ‘light as a feather’, while poids plume refers to the ‘feath­er­weight’ cat­e­gory in boxing. As a verb, plumer means to pluck a bird’s feath­ers and is an in­for­mal way to say ‘to fleece’ or ‘to rip off’.

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