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[wel-turnd] /ˈwɛlˈtɜrnd/
gracefully shaped:
a well-turned ankle.
gracefully and concisely expressed:
a well-turned phrase.
Origin of well-turned
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The scholar, too, was remembered with a toast, to which he replied with well-turned phrases.

  • 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.

  • His well-turned compliments were as fine as his smart repartees.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Upon this, Lizzie made him a speech as long and almost as well-turned as his own.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • In trying for a well-turned line they forget to look at well-turned ankles.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • The doctor looked, as well as spoke, his well-turned phrases.

    'Laramie;' Charles King
  • His lower limbs were small in comparison with the upper, but neat and well-turned.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
British Dictionary definitions for well-turned


adjective (well turned when postpositive)
(of a phrase, speech, etc) apt and pleasingly sonorous
having a pleasing shape: a well-turned leg
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