esprit de l'escalier


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esprit de l'escalier

A French phrase meaning wit of the staircase, used to mean a witty remark that only comes to mind too late, after you are on your way out of a place.
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Noun1.esprit de l'escalier - a witty remark that occurs to you too late
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
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Bronze Award: Matthew Turner, United Kingdom, for 'Social is the solution to marketing's esprit de l'escalier moments'
From abeyance to Zionist, via endogenous and epistemological, full of revenants and wraiths, this slim volume provides the necessary vocabulary to add some zest to a skillful avoidance of an occasion of esprit de l'escalier.
In addition, it might be useful to remember former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's almost esprit de l'escalier query: "Are we creating more terrorists than we are killing?