snowclone

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snow·clone

 (snō′klōn′)
n.
A phrase or sentence made by substituting one or more words in a cliché, existing set phrase, or well-known sentence.

[From an allusion to an example of such a phrase based on the popular notion that the Eskimos have many words for snow.]

snowclone

(ˈsnəʊˌkləʊn)
n
(Linguistics) a verbal formula that is adapted for reuse by changing only a few words so that the allusion to the original phrase remains clear
[C21: from snow in reference to the common formula 'If the Inuit have N words for snow, then surely X have Y words for Z' + clone]