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    a turn of phrase

    Hello.

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    a turn of phrase
    a way of saying something
    'Significant other', meaning 'partner', now that's an interesting turn of phrase.

    Jack McCallum: May Madness - Jack McCallum - SI.com
    "In his good games," Lakers forward Lamar Odom observed of Paul before the playoffs, "he brings everybody along with him." A great turn of phrase.

    Can I say "A great phrase" in place of "A great turn of phrase"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: a turn of phrase

    That would be saying you are in a position to judge the quality of the phrase which is not what is intended.
    A great turn of phrase is a colloquial way of expressing a person's appreciation of the description employed.


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    Re: a turn of phrase

    Can I say "A great phrase" in place of "A great turn of phrase"?

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    Re: a turn of phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Can I say "A great phrase" in place of "A great turn of phrase"?
    Not in the sentence quoted; see my previous answer.
    You can express your opinion about another phrase by suggesting that it is a great phrase, but in the context given 'turn' is correct.

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