ten-dollar word

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ten-dollar word

An uncommon or difficult word used in lieu of a simpler one, as to emphasize the speaker's intelligence. He's "effusive," huh? Couldn't you just have said "enthusiastic"? Why the ten-dollar word? She's an English teacher with an inferiority complex, so buckle up for a lot of ten-dollar words.
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