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addaword.gifdefinition of esprit d'escalier

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 17:36:00
Definition of esprit d'escalier from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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