He is hardly alone in using a locution that should nevertheless be retired, a charitable critic might have explained.
These words revived her moribund career, underscoring the truth that politics is mostly about locution, locution, locution.
I am very much mistaken if the locution does not occur elsewhere in Holmes.
Their values are variable, rising and falling according to the individual and the locution.
He thanked her, and took a mental note of the locution, inquiring in his turn when the rain had ceased.
But in that he was—to use the usual Flat Creek locution—in that he was "a hoss."
He believes that the locution was "possibly imported from the southwest of Ireland."
But in that he was—to use the usual Flat Creek locution—in that he was "a boss."
We are likely to avoid the locution altogether and to say “Who was it you saw?”
Of course she was incapable of such a locution, and it was silly of him to have thought otherwise, even momentarily.
"style of speech," early 15c., from Latin locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking, speech, discourse; way of speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak," from PIE root *tolk(w)- (cf. Old Irish ad-tluch- "to thank," to-tluch- "to ask;" Old Church Slavonic tloko "interpretation, explanation"). Related: Locutionary.