new wrinkle

A clever device or expedient, a novelty, as in The players added a new wrinkle to victory celebrations by tossing their shirts to the crowd after the game. In the form of simply a wrinkle, this expression dates from the mid-1700s, new being added two centuries later.


Nearby words

  1. new wool,
  2. new world,
  3. new world leishmaniasis,
  4. new world monkey,
  5. new world order,
  6. new year,
  7. new year's,
  8. new year's day,
  9. new year's eve,
  10. new york

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