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Turn of expression   /tərn əv ɪksprˈɛʃən/   Listen
Turn of expression

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

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"Turn of expression" Quotes from Famous Books

... she may make on her fellow travellers; and, above all, she is anxiously intent on the care of the finery that she carries with her, which is more than ever a part of herself, when going to figure on a new scene; when, to use an apt French turn of expression, she is going to produce a sensation. Can dignity of mind exist ...
— A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - Title: Vindication of the Rights of Women • Mary Wollstonecraft [Godwin]

... (Fr. aise,) mixed with sadness. He insists, by this expression, upon the strangeness of the kind, peculiar to the willing sufferers under this unique passion, "love's pleasing smart." Did Wordsworth, by intention or misapprehension, leave out this turn of expression, by which, in an age less forward than ours in sentimental researches, Chaucer drew notice to the contradictory nature of the internal state which he described? As if Chaucer had said, "al maner ese," Wordsworth says, "all kinds ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845 • Various

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

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