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turn of phrase

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
a way of saying something: "Significant other" meaning "partner" - now that's an interesting turn of phrase. the ability to express yourself well: She has a nice turn of phrase, which should serve her well in journalism.
Translations of “turn of phrase”
in Chinese (Traditional) 措詞,說法,表達方式, 口才…
in Chinese (Simplified) 措词,说法,表达方式, 口才…
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