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Turn of phrase   /tərn əv freɪz/   Listen
Turn of phrase

A distinctive spoken or written expression.  Synonym: turn of expression.

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"Turn of phrase" Quotes from Famous Books

... has, however, or should have, another aim wherein is displayed the acme of hermeneutic art. Every language can profitably lend something to and borrow somewhat from its neighbours, near or far, an epithet, a metaphor, a turn of phrase, a naive idiom and the translator of original mind will not neglect the frequent opportunities of enriching his mother tongue with alien and novel ornaments, which will justly be accounted barbarisms until formally adopted and naturalised. Such ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 6 • Richard F. Burton

... a more picturesque turn of phrase, says that "slave-owners, ex-royalists, and the fanatics of orthodoxy" were against ...
— Greenwich Village • Anna Alice Chapin

... the pretensions of the mother country; indeed Mr. Jefferson goes so far as to declare that "Mr. Henry certainly gave the earliest impulse to the ball of revolution." His most celebrated burst of oratory, or rather turn of phrase, was in this very year 1765, when descanting in the House of Burgesses on the tyranny of the Stamp Act. "Caesar—" he cried, in a voice of thunder and with an eye of fire—"Caesar had his Brutus—Charles the First had his Cromwell—and George the Third"—"Treason!" here exclaimed ...
— The International Monthly Magazine - Volume V - No II • Various

... greatest in expression who can supply his thinking with ruddy blood, flush the pallid cheek, make the dull eye bright, and make laughter run across the face like ripples of sunshine across water touched by the wind. In Shakespeare's turn of phrase and use of figure is a fertility of suggestion such as even Dante can not approximate. He is unusual, which is a merit; for thus is mind kept on the alert, like a sentinel fearing surprise. Of this an essay might be filled with illustrations. He does ...
— A Hero and Some Other Folks • William A. Quayle

Words linked to "Turn of phrase" :   expressive style, conceit, style

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