- gracefully shaped: a well-turned ankle.
- gracefully and concisely expressed: a well-turned phrase.
Origin of well-turned
First recorded in 1610–20
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Examples from the Web for well-turned
She was perfectly composed, occasionally flashing a wry smile and speaking in thoughtful, well-turned phrases.The Woman Who Tried to Kill Me
May 29, 2009
The scholar, too, was remembered with a toast, to which he replied with well-turned phrases.The Chinese Fairy Book
She liked a well-turned sentence, and repeated it softly to herself.Mammon and Co.
E. F. Benson
When he had said we grow old by moments, was it more than just a well-turned phrase?The Blower of Bubbles
Arthur Beverley Baxter
He thought of her humorous eyes, and of her strong, well-turned chin.The Doctor's Red Lamp
His well-turned compliments were as fine as his smart repartees.Haunted London
- (of a phrase, speech, etc) apt and pleasingly sonorous
- having a pleasing shapea well-turned leg
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