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  1. gracefully shaped: a well-turned ankle.
  2. gracefully and concisely expressed: a well-turned phrase.
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Origin of well-turned

First recorded in 1610–20
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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

British Dictionary definitions for well-turned


adjective (well turned when postpositive)
  1. (of a phrase, speech, etc) apt and pleasingly sonorous
  2. having a pleasing shapea well-turned leg
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