esprit de l'escalier
[es-pree duh le-skahl-yey]
a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed: Writers, by nature, tend to be people in whom l' esprit de l'escalier is a recurrent experience.
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Origin of esprit de l'escalier
First recorded in 1905–10; literally, “wit of the staircase” (i.e., after one has left the gathering)
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