turn of phrase

noun phrase

: a way of saying or describing something
a nice turn of phrase

Examples of turn of phrase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ability of corporate directors to hang on to their seats as if with prehensile behinds (to filch Orwell’s turn of phrase) underscores the uselessness of corporate boards. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The post added an Arabic turn of phrase used on birthdays and holidays. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 DeSantis, who seems to view everything in the world through a bile duct (hat-tip to novelist R.A. Lafferty for the turn of phrase), sought and received the state legislature’s permission to fire the Reedy Creek board and replace it with his own cronies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 We-agles works for a couple reasons, but this latest reference to a familiar Auburn turn of phrase comes from something Freeze said over the weekend. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2023 Under his watch, the orchestra dove straight into the score, savoring every zesty rhythm and pointed turn of phrase and generally enjoying themselves greatly. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2023 And, as a reminder that not every lyrical turn of phrase in this town is belted out, the over-30-year-old Southern Festival of Books takes place in October. Katrina Brown Hunt, Travel + Leisure, 28 July 2023 That turn of phrase is often quite specifically what investors are looking for out of Wall Street banks, a way of saying that corporate activity is at least starting to improve, rather than getting more and more muted. WSJ, 18 July 2023 That turn of phrase turned unexpectedly mordant this morning when the 59-year-old Long Islander was arrested in connection with the series of murders in and around Gilgo Beach a decade ago. Curbed, 14 July 2023 See More

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“Turn of phrase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20of%20phrase. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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