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.

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“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
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