turn of phrase


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Noun1.turn of phrase - a distinctive spoken or written expression; "John's succinct turn of phrase persuaded her that it would not be a good idea"
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
conceit - a witty or ingenious turn of phrase; "he could always come up with some inspired off-the-wall conceit"
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Full-color photographs illustrate every page and turn of phrase, such as "E is for Everglades - By boat, kayak, or canoe, exploring these waters is fun to do" and "N is for Nesting Turtle - Hatchlings are born up on the beach, then down to the ocean they must reach".
He might have a good turn of phrase, but that is one-dimensional.
Victor's happy-go-lucky acceptance of his own failures creates an amusing, appealing and naively honest narrative voice, expressing, for example, the thrill of inventing an apt turn of phrase to tell Marie that 'next year, my heart will be written in braille' (Le Coeur en Braille is the novel's original French title).
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is renowned for his turn of phrase, and his description of Mr Corbyn will go down as his most colourful language in this campaign.
029 2087 8444 MUSIC Foy Vance An intelligent singer/songwriter with a sublime voice, funky guitar style and a clever turn of phrase.
And way back then, guitarist Mick Jones said about his songwriting partnership: "Joe's got a fantastic turn of phrase.
Movie star Jack Elam had an unusual turn of phrase in westerns
One tries one's best to keep up with the constant changes in their vernacular and even to pick up and use some of their patois, but their turn of phrase so often lurches in unexpected directions that confusion is rife.
Andersen presents absurdist approaches to questions of life and death, never losing his sense of humor or his lighthearted turn of phrase.
Grimmy's got a gorgeous turn of phrase and he's a lovely storyteller.
Unused to the turn of phrase, I literary believed she was making