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the mot juste

The precise word you want to use; the exactly right word. The phrase is French for "right word." When I'm writing, there's no better feeling than easily thinking of the mot juste.
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Mot Juste can lead or sit on the pace, a style of racing which will be suited by today's conditions.
The same stable also have Mot Juste, the Irish Oaks runner-up, entered in the group two feature.
Mot Juste fared best of the British raiders, holding Irish challenger Karsavina for fourth place.
Mot Juste, under Richard Hughes, tried to make much of the running for trainer Ed Dunlop but could not withstand the challenge of the first three and finished fourth.
Mot Juste, beaten just over four lengths into fourth at Epsom, will again be in the field and Ed Dunlop, who trains her, will supplement Lailani on Tuesday.
Sidney Levy remarque: "Le mot juste n'est pas seulement ce qui designe justement la chose, mais aussi celui, polyvalent, dont les differentes proprietes le rattachent sourdement a d'autres mots dans le texte" (Ponge, 74).
It gives one pause for thought that Harold Wilson settled for his book being titled 'The Governance of Britain', simply because he could not think of le mot juste.
I believe it has to do with what the French call le mot juste, which must be used to express oneself clearly.
In this way he is transmogrified into a paradigmatic vessel for Flaubert's personal torments: his acute awareness of his impotence ever to find le mot juste, coupled with his vision of an ideal of artistic perfection along essentially classical lines.
It has done so, though sober is hardly the mot juste for this ebulliently erudite analysis, with its sharp wit and deadpan ironies (along with bursts of feeling, introduced sometimes by an idiosyncratic locution like `ah, but', as in `ah, but spared life, not spared death')
Hour after hour, he would labor over the rhythm or the music of a particular sentence, seeking le mot juste.
Aggressive marketing saw Doyen receive a high-profile first-year book of 129 mares in 2006, including the dams of Group 1 winners Mamool, Tout Seul and West Wind, as well as Irish Oaks runner-up Mot Juste.
Indeed, his subject matter hardly matters since every page scintillates owing to prose rhythms, attention to le mot juste, extraordinary observational power, and splendidly fresh imagery.