turn a phrase

Gerard coloured all over at the compliment; but not knowing how to turn a phrase equal to the occasion, asked her if he should resume her picture.


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  • turn of phrase — noun a distinctive spoken or written expression John s succinct turn of phrase persuaded her that it would not be a good idea • Syn: ↑turn of expression • Hypernyms: ↑expressive style, ↑style • Hyponyms: ↑conceit …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn of phrase — 1) an expression That s a rather unfortunate turn of phrase. 2) a particular way of expressing yourself As a letter writer he had a neat turn of phrase …   English dictionary

  • turn of phrase — a clever turn of phrase Syn: expression, idiom, phrase, term, word, aphorism …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • turn of phrase — a particular or characteristic manner of expression. → phrase …   English new terms dictionary

  • turn of phrase — noun An expression which is worded in a distinctive way, especially one which is particularly memorable or artful …   Wiktionary

  • (a) turn of phrase — 1. a way of saying something. Significant other , meaning partner , now that s an interesting turn of phrase. 2. the ability to express yourself well. She has a nice turn of phrase which should serve her well in journalism …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) turn of phrase — a ˌturn of ˈphrase idiom a particular way of describing sth Main entry: ↑turnidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Turn — Turn, n. 1. The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel. [1913 Webster] 2. Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turn and turn about — Turn Turn, n. 1. The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel. [1913 Webster] 2. Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turn bench — Turn Turn, n. 1. The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel. [1913 Webster] 2. Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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