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bon mot

A clever or witty retort. Brett was teased quite often by his peers, but he always responded quickly with a bon mot, causing everyone to erupt into laughter.
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Examples that leap to mind are genre, angst, modus operandi, noblesse oblige, wunderkind, bon mot, film noir, nouveau riche, elan, idiot savant, chutzpah, bon mot, du jour.
The ancient saint was doubtless unaware of Big Hef's indiscreet bon mot, and allowed him, like a balloon Falstaff in the Macy's Parade, to escort her to the podium.
When loosing a bon mot against politicians in The New York Review of Books or chortling his way through a review of the current vulgar best sellers, Gore Vidal is more intent on turning the arch phrase than on presenting an idea; political ideas, especially, are for him mere excuses to display his exquisite moves.
Wilde's bon mot was directed (in The Importance of Being Earnest) at the Victorian ruling class but, as this musical shows, it proves just as true for the slightly demented working class family we get here, where two sisters struggle to break free from parental sermonising by taking a brief caravan holiday in Lowestoft, where the wind on the prom blows cold and the rain comes down (this was in the 60s when flights to the Med were unaffordable for many people).
That is, a city of extremely truculent and argumentative local political leaders at the time of his bon mot.
Il y a quelques semaines, un bon mot d'un responsable politique avait pris une resonance inedite et interessee.
Andrew Brown, Edinburgh A Who else but the mistress of the bon mot, Mae West (1892-1980).
Who would guess that a toupee-wearing, "Hollywood Squares"-haunting bon mot ran this deep, right?
In the end, the eleven chapters/essays read most like a sophisticated and stimulating after-dinner conversation with much wit and many a dazzling insight and bon mot.
As Rifbjerg says with a French bon mot about this kind of existence, "C'est bien banal, mais c'est quand meme emouvant.
A Noel Coward, master of the bon mot, was impressed by the stunning cinematography of David Lean's epic 1962 classic starring Peter O'Toole.
A MOMENT'S thought could save a lifetime of heartache", so claims the bon mot on my calendar.
Asarider, Haynes was apprenticed to Stanley Wootton, and partnered the master tutor's last major winner, Bon Mot, to victory in the 1956 Imperial Cup.
McBride could issue the bon mot, such as: "When politics come in at the door, art flies out the window.
Every bon mot that falls from his mouth or is sent out by tweet is guaranteed a rapturous reception.