Alphonse and Gaston

Al·​phonse and Gas·​ton | \ ˈalˌfänz . . . ˈgastən, ˈau̇ˌf-, -än(t)s-, -aast- \
plural Alphonses and Gastons

Definition of Alphonse and Gaston

: a pair of persons exhibiting an excessive usually exaggerated politeness or deference to each other especially about not taking precedence

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First Known Use of Alphonse and Gaston

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alphonse and Gaston

after Alphonse and Gaston, characters displaying excessive politeness and often uttering the phrases “after you, my dear Gaston” and “after you, my dear Alphonse” that appeared in the comic strip Alphonse and Gaston by Frederick B. Opper †1937 American illustrator and cartoonist

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“Alphonse and Gaston.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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