turn of phrase

Definition of turn of phrase

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause to move around an axis or a center :  make rotate or revolve

    :  to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

    :  to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. :  the action or an act of turning about a center or axis :  revolution, rotation

    :  any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

    :  the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction :  change of course or posture : such as

  1. :  a characteristic manner or style of expression :  diction

    :  a brief expression

    :  catchphrase

  1. :  to express in words or in appropriate or telling terms

    :  to designate by a descriptive word or phrase

    :  to divide into melodic phrases

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a brief usually trivial fact

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