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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That's why I want l'esprit de l'escalier included in my job.
Mahieu showcases the centrality of knowledge in his clever title, a play on the French expression "avoir l'esprit de l'escalier" for someone who, incapable of thinking of a quick rejoinder, only comes up with a reply when descending the stairs, once it is too late.

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