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turn of phrase

A particular arrangement of words, as in I'd never heard that turn of phrase before, or An idiom can be described as a turn of phrase. This idiom alludes to the turning or shaping of objects (as on a lathe), a usage dating from the late 1600s.
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And does your turn of phrase indicating allrightness extend to coffee?
Her poetic turn of phrase, coupled with her top recycling efforts, has won her the title of Newcastle's greenest family and a haul of prizes courtesy of ScottishPower and the CarbonNeutral Newcastle campaign.
Through the creation of this home it is clear that the family have already begun to tune in to their architects' romantic turn of phrase.
With this pithy turn of phrase, poet Torquato Neto put forth two of the Brazilian movement's most provocative claims: first, that it provided an ideological alternative to defensive nationalisms, both Left and Right, in late-'60s Brazil; and second, that this alternative was constructed on an aesthetics of punning and resignification, a revaluing of words and positions, a flipping of public platforms into playgrounds that would invert the so-called predicament of Brazil's tropical malaise into a vibrant cultural legacy called Tropicalia.
To editors, there's little more beautiful than a well-crafted sentence or an elegant turn of phrase that punctures our established ways of thinking.
For example, in a simple turn of phrase, Levine and Pitt made the invisible glaringly apparent when they coined the phrase "working fathers" in their 1995 landmark book.
We're looking for the magic turn of phrase that will push the discussion past the realm of histrionic personal attacks, past the false and suffocating dualities that come about when the self-hatred defense is used against those who hold unpopular viewpoints, and into the realm of an objective and reasonable debate, a debate that could enhance our community's powers of serf-analysis by including twice as many participants.
The taut dialogue doesn't leave much room for distractions - which is a pity because Siler has a gifted turn of phrase.
And, always, with a neat turn of phrase - a pro's pro.
Like Berberova's short, elegant tale, such a provocative turn of phrase seems ripe for mulling over, even after the writer is gone.
Yet every now and then, a beautiful turn of phrase appears like "the wind hiked up Lake Michigan's blue skirt, showing off the frothy white slip underneath.
Paradoxically, this radical individualism leads to a "statist culture," since the state is needed both to advance the cause of industrial capitalism, and to be the only institution capable of exercising enough "countervailing power," in John Kenneth Galbraith's turn of phrase, to constrain capitalism's penchant for destroying social stability and to cope with its "externalities.
I question Boyarin's understanding of the complexity of the current controversy surrounding repressed memories/false memories; I do not believe there are significant barriers today to most women who want to study Talmud; I get impatient at what seem to be Boyarin's ethnic and religious prejudices (or are they meant to be just a turn of phrase ?
Commynes's caution was formed in conversations among the merchants who made up the Italian chancelleries with whom he dealt while there, but he found a turn of phrase to express it that impresses this reader, more than it does Blanchard, as more medieval.
In every turn of phrase on the page, Junior Baby is squarely in the tradition of the "Daddys," "the men of Parklands in the Southeast" - the tradition of African American fathers to whom Peter J.