esprit d'escalier - definition and synonyms

  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    literally wit of the staircase: the fact that one tends to think of a witty or clever reply only once the time for it has passed

    I should have insisted that our exchange took place in the full hearing of our newsroom, but that was something I have to file under l'esprit d'escalier.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 24/04/2012