Definition of to coin a phrase in English:

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to coin a phrase

1Said ironically when introducing a banal remark or cliché: I had to find out the hard way—to coin a phrase
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  • It really is poor, isn't it: the BBC imagining that lavish costumes and period detail will substitute for innovation or, to coin a phrase, relevance, but even at its worst still streets ahead of ITV's lacklustre efforts.
  • Since the dissimilarities between Communism and Conservatism could not be greater; what would be the result, if they were, to coin a phrase, ‘shaken, not stirred’, together.
  • It is clear that at one level the British and Irish Lions are a huge money-making machine that is of almost inconceivable value to whoever they happen to be visiting, but Feehan insists that, to coin a phrase, it isn't about the money.
1.1Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one.
Example sentences
  • In most cases, the proof is - to coin a phrase - in the production.
  • The Church, to coin a phrase, is a gluten for self punishment.
  • In two fell swoops, to coin a phrase, the credibility of professional rugby in Scotland was heavily boosted last week.
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