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conversation piece

Something unusual or interesting that becomes or is intended to become the topic of conversation when it is encountered by other people. Did you see Helen's new chair that's shaped like a giant red stiletto shoe? Yes, it's quite the conversation piece! Jane's new hairstyle became a conversation piece in the office because people couldn't believe she would cut her hair so short.
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conversation piece

An unusual object that arouses comment or interest, as in That bust of Aunt Nettie is ugly but it's an excellent conversation piece. In the early 1700s this same term was used for a particular kind of painting that represented a group, often a family, arranged as though they were conversing with one another. Later in the century the term was extended to any object that stimulates conversation.
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arc Thrift Stores of Colorado has an amazing selection of White Elephant Gifts that are sure to be a conversation piece for a fraction of what they were originally purchased for.
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Yeats and the late Juan Munoz whose Conversation Piece can be seen in South Shields.
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Youngsters worked on individual clay tiles showing local sites like the swans in South Marine Park, the Groyne and the Conversation Piece statues.
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That was a conversation piece,'' deadpans Conran, a baby-faced native of that hotbed of filmmaking talent, Flint, Mich.
For example, they can point to certain areas that represent their brain or gender; it's a great conversation piece.
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