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staircase wit

A perfect witty remark, retort, or rejoinder that occurs to one after the fact or too late to be used. 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, this staircase wit, it always comes to me when I can do nothing about it!
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Affery, anticipating the last movement, was on the staircase.
Consequently when he came up the staircase to bed, candle in hand, he came full upon her.
In the interest of seeing her, ever drawing, with no hand to stay her, nearer and nearer to the bottom of this new Giant's Staircase.
Several other figures were now seen at the turn of the staircase.
It was certainly a fact that the large lamp which illuminated the staircase now burned dim and duskily: so that several figures, which passed hastily down the stairs and went forth from the porch, appeared rather like shadows than persons of fleshly substance.
If you place your foot on this staircase before I call you, remember that you shall take the place of the meanest prisoner in the Bastile.
When Fouquet had satisfied himself that Baisemeaux had reached the bottom of the staircase, he inserted the key in the first lock.
At last, the top of the staircase was gained, and they stopped for the third time.
The staircase was short, and they were soon at the top.
By the time I had rushed down the staircase and the Jacob's ladder, the man was no longer hanging from his rope
The dressing-rooms emptied and the ballet-girls, crowding around Sorelli like timid sheep around their shepherdess, made for the foyer through the ill-lit passages and staircases, trotting as fast as their little pink legs could carry them.
The girl threw open a door, which immediately, without any transition, filled with a flood of light the landing of the staircase, at the top of which Raoul appeared, holding fast by the balustrade.
and their voices were lost in the depths of the narrow staircase.
Ah, here is a private staircase," said the count; "that is convenient.
Speaking of oak staircases reminds me that there is a magnificent carved oak staircase in one of the houses in Kingston.