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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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The lights are an addition to existing columns already in place for visitors walking from the Conversation Piece on to the newly-created Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall.
Moxon said that the a combination of sports diplomacy and inter-religious dialogue would introduce a conversation piece all over the world whenever Catholics and Anglicans get together and may help improve relations between the two Churches, which split in 1534 when King Henry VIII broke with Rome.
Jetclass' latest elevates the display cabinet from becoming a showcase for special items and memorabilia to a conversation piece on its own.
Their 50cm frame is made using an ancient paper-rolling technique from the Acholi tribe in Northern Uganda - so it's a conversation piece too.
It's a great conversation piece, and a good way to reuse miles of unwanted tapes.
The new owner decided he wanted to clean the shell and put it in the house as a conversation piece," said Insp Ashford.
With a vintage feel and intricate charms, it's a real conversation piece.
If nothing else, it's a conversation piece to make people aware of their healthcare needs," says Chisolm.
The spiral has become a conversation piece for visitors, most of whom can't resist the opportunity to stroll it.
The double-lid design is eye-catching and becomes an instant conversation piece both at the point of sale and in the home," says Susu Liu, director of marketing.
This magnetic quality makes this little paperback a great conversation piece to display on a living room coffee table or office bookshelf.
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A real conversation piece, the lamp complements the decor of recreation rooms, home bars and other living spaces and can make a great gift item.
It will definitely be a great conversation piece around the holiday table," said Raquel Bonassisa, owner of Hit Designs, the maker of PupnPak.