to coin a phrase

to coin a phrase

A set phrase said after one uses a new expression. It is typically used jocularly to indicate the opposite (i.e. that one has just used a well-known or trite saying). Well, we can't do anything about it now, so que sera sera, to coin a phrase.
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to coin a phrase

something that you say before you use a phrase which sounds slightly silly He was, to coin a phrase, as sick as a parrot.
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I hate to coin a phrase, but it tastes like chicken.
You might call it ``irrational exuberance,'' to coin a phrase.