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Can anyone tell me what the expression 'm'esquiver à l'anglaise' means (having to do with escaping from a dance held at a large house)?

Mon project était de traverser doucement le salon, de m'esquiver à l'anglaise, et, une fois dehors, de rapporter victorieusement les duex pêches enveloppés dans mon mouchoir.

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  • this French equivalent and not surprising to 'to take/have a french leave'

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