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turn of phrase

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n turn of phrase a distinctive spoken or written expression "John's succinct turn of phrase persuaded her that it would not be a good idea"
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.”

Usage

In literature:

If from names of honour we turn to phrases of honour, we find similar facts.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
It always rings true as to tone, turn of phrase and accent.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
The happiest turns of phrase will be lost upon Louisa!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
She wrote like him; her epistolary style was his very own, every turn of phrase, every little mannerism.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
It was part of her humour when she was in a taunting mood to call the Queen always 'your Grace' or 'your Majesty' at every turn of the phrase.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
Almost invariably the points which depended on a turn of phrase were lost.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
It is curious what a fascination this turn of phrase has exercised upon many and diverse intelligences.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
They used phrases and turns of thought that sometimes thrilled me with their vivid power.
"Aliens" by William McFee
He turned and broke impetuously into the middle of her phrase.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
The same words, phrases, and turns of sentence occur again and again.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
A more gracious race showed itself in his quick turns of wrist and eye, his ease of phrase, in his ready gallantry towards Thomasin.
"Beggars on Horseback" by F. Tennyson Jesse
M. Kossuth's party succeeded in turning the odium of that phrase against those who employed it.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
She could tell, to the very turn of the phrase, what Mme.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
We have taken a phrase which is the badge of our shame and turned it into a jest.
"Atlantic Classics" by Various
Such were some of Rory's thoughts, but after dinner McBain "brought him up with a round turn," as he phrased it.
"Wild Adventures round the Pole" by Gordon Stables
There are some who, to turn his own imaginative phrase, will fret in the shadow of his language.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
It was more the turn of the phrase and a peculiar form of expression.
"Letters of a Diplomat's Wife" by Mary King Waddington
In felicitous phrases and with neatly turned strokes of humor he declared the reason why they were assembled together.
"Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color" by Brander Matthews
If from names of honour we turn to phrases of honour, we find similar facts.
"Illustrations of Universal Progress" by Herbert Spencer
How unerringly they phrase every shade of emotion and every turn of idea!
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey
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In poetry:

Kiss her, hold her and fold her close,
Tell her the old true tale:
You ought to know each turn of the phrase,--
You learned them all in the poor old days
Before the birth of the new red rose,
Before the old rose grew pale.
"True Love And New love" by Edith Nesbit
Child of our children's children yet unborn,
When on this yellow page you turn your eyes,
Where the brief record of this May-day morn
In phrase antique and faded letters lies,
How vague, how pale our flitting ghosts will rise!
"American Academy Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

So it seems the fear of correlations was formalized—made into a turn of phrase, I mean—at around the time that correlations came into formal being.
Arm yourself with clever turns of phrase, a few supplies, and your trusty glue gun to turn the great outdoors into a Halloween masterpiece.
In Lime Creek, his debut work of fiction, Henry translates his gift for the transcendent insight and unforgettable turn of phrase into an extended meditation on the lives of a ranching family in the high country of the mountain West.
The eyes of women of a certain age – over sixty for this woman – tend to scrutinize any phrase or turn of expression that hints at aging.
Banville is such a beautiful stylist that I'm tempted to simply quote some of his most lyrical turns of phrase: a blushing character's face "is tinged with palest pink, like milk with a drop of wine in it".
That the language of the Book of Mormon itself contains uniquely Hebraic verse forms and turns of phrase.
In a new ad opposing Minnesota's marriage discrimination amendment, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe harkens back to his attention-grabbing turn of phrase about what won't happen when same-sex couples get married.
LONDON—Prince Philip is known for his blunt talk and colorful turns of phrase.
LONDON— Prince Philip is known for his blunt talk and colorful turns of phrase.
In no accidental turn of phrase, he called his change regarding contraception "an accommodation" for those who have moral objections.
Best known as a 1960's guru of LSD and expanded consciousness, Leary made the line "tune in, turn on and drop out" a catch phrase for the baby-boom generation.
These two posts help you make lemonade out of lemons by turning the phrase "work sucks, but I need the bucks" into a two-step strategy.
N othing has the capacity to frame political debate more successfully than a good turn of phrase, characterization, or metaphor.
"Smart cities" is the urban buzz phrase of the last few years, and fans often turn to European cities for inspiration.
Neuroscientists use fMRI to look at our most treasured turns of phrase.
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In science:

Another problem turns up when the coordinator a n d joins noun phrases . These coordinated noun phrases enumerate members of a plural set. Plural sentences can have an inherent ambiguity – they can receive a collective or a distributive reading.
Attempto Controlled English (ACE)
As it turns out, the structure theory we derive for NS can be phrased in terms of more general operator algebras obtained in the same spirit as the noise commutant, and, alternatively, in terms of modified fixed point sets for the map.
A method to find quantum noiseless subsystems
That approach is loosely referred to as anthropic reasoning, which in turn is often loosely phrased as the anthropic principle: the parameters of physics and cosmology have the values they do in order that intelligent life capable of observing those values can emerge.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
For example, a transitive verb is standardly viewed as something which requires two noun phrases, its sub ject and ob ject, to fill its “thematic grid,” i.e., fill its argument requirements in order to produce a complete clause, which can in turn serve as an argument of a higher verb.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
A G EN ERA L GROW TH R E SU LT FOR (BH 2)⊥ We will start by introducing a growth parameter associated with a Blaschke sequence Λ = It turns out that growth results can be phrased in terms of a more general result.
Bad boundary behavior in star invariant subspaces I
For experimental work on infants’ perception of phrasing see (Hirsh-Pasek et al., 1985; Ratner, 1986), and for children’s turn-taking devices, see (Ervin-Tripp, 1979). (Morgan et al., 1987) studies prosodic and morphological cues to language acquisition.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
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