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for want of a better word/phrase etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfor want of a better word/phrase etcfor want of a better word/phrase etcused to say that you cannot find an exact word or phrase to describe something They should behave, for want of a better word, decently. want
Examples from the Corpus
for want of a better word/phrase etcJust horses and ploughs and, for want of a better word, peasants.Now, hands are, well, handed for want of a better word.
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