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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. The sequence of things was so ordinary and natural, that, standing there, she could hear the door open, feel the night air, and see the stars outside.
She felt so afraid of her husband, that being on the staircase, she had not the power to retreat to her room (which she might easily have done before he had fastened the door), but stood there staring.
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.
The great staircase, however, may be termed, without much hyperbole, a feature of grandeur and magnificence.
This figure advanced to the outer door of the mansion, and throwing both its leaves wide open, withdrew a little to one side and looked back towards the grand staircase as if expecting some person to descend.
"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.
fie!" and their voices were lost in the depths of the narrow staircase.
"Ah, here is a private staircase," said the count; "that is convenient.
My friend said he would, and the shopman, thereupon, took him through the shop, and up the staircase of the house.
And also it came to pass, that one evening in the beginning of February, just when the stars were beginning to twinkle, Cornelius heard on the staircase of the little turret a voice which thrilled through him.