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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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May 11, 2010

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I got burned on Steinbeck by that class also. Something about rushing through The Grapes of Wrath in 3 days and then missing questions on the quiz because the answers were *only* in the Cliff's Notes and not the book chapped me . . . But I tried again a few years later with Of Mice and Men and I decided I still didn't like Steinbeck!

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