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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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January 07, 2009


We had the same thing (with about 3 dozen robins) during our snow storms around xmas. The cats loved it. I was just...concerned. I'd never even seen a robin in Portland before - much less 40 of them playing in our holly tree.

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