Entre le poire et le fromage: a French expression
Between the pear and the cheese--the expression refers to the lull between two events; one that provides a relaxed moment favorable to light and sometimes too loose conversation, as one would experience near the end of a meal when people have had perhaps too much to eat and drink.
The expression dates back to the Middle Ages when pears were eaten after the meat course to rinse the mouth. Cheese and wine then followed.
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