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l'esprit de l'escalier

A French phrase meaning "the wit of the staircase"; a perfect witty remark, retort, or rejoinder that occurs to one after the fact or too late to be used. (Also written as "l'esprit d'escalier.") I was on the bus home long after being tongue-lashed by my boss when I thought of the perfect things to say that would take him down a few pegs. Ah, l'esprit de l'escalier!
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esprit de corps

The pride and loyalty that members of a group feel toward the group and its purpose. "Esprit" means "spirt" in French, while "corps" is French for "body" or "group." There's a very strong esprit de corps among the teachers at this school—they're very passionate about education and see each other as family.
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News about Esprit Holdings Limited, such as business expansion, restructuring, and contract wins
Esprit, who said he was a vehicle specialist and ran a company called Planet Porsche, said he first met Carew in a hotel in Monaco in 2006.
Esprit apartments showcase townhouse-style living and stunning water views from every unit.
He said Esprit also let him borrow his own Porsche.
In follow-up meetings with the two sister companies since returning from China, Esprit and Check 21 China have finalized terms of the acquisition, and expect to close the transaction within a week.
Mr Davis said Esprit allowed Carew to "borrow" the Cayenne and, over the course of several months, the footballer transferred sums amounting to more than pounds 100,000 into Esprit's girlfriend's account, which he described as his "business account".
With a new supply arrangement in place with our new Beijing manufacturer, Esprit will enjoy a decided pricing advantage in its sales efforts.
Boat owners will relish Esprit Marina del Rey's adjoining boat slips, which measure between 35 and 70 feet, and can accommodate a 115-foot boat.
In honor of summer's arrival, Esprit Marina del Rey, located just minutes from Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, is excited to celebrate with its brand new poolside outdoor kitchen to open in early June.
For a limited time beginning April 20, 2009, Esprit Marina del Rey will offer $1000 to anyone who refers a new resident upon their move-in.
The Opening Day Esprit Yacht Expo took place March 13-15, 2009 at Esprit Marina del Rey and was a huge success
ValueLink, an industry leader in gift and spending card solutions and a First Data company, today announced that clothes retailer ESPRIT Holdings Limited, headquartered in Hong Kong, has selected ValueLink to assist in the development and implementation of Esprit's electronic gift card in the U.