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EtymologyEdit

Treppe (stairs, steps) +‎ -n- +‎ Witz (wit), literally translated (calque) of French l'esprit de l'escalier.

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NounEdit

Treppenwitz m (genitive Treppenwitzes, plural Treppenwitze)

  1. "staircase wit", a devastating rejoinder thought of only after leaving the scene of the debate.

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