turn of phrase

Idioms & Phrases

turn of phrase

A particular arrangement of words, as in I'd never heard that turn of phrase before, or An idiom can be described as a turn of phrase. This idiom alludes to the turning or shaping of objects (as on a lathe), a usage dating from the late 1600s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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