"You have a nice instinct for the mot juste," she informed him.
It occurred to me that 'hungry' was perhaps the mot juste for him; but—hungry for what?
We never find him searching for the mot juste as for a needle in a bottle of hay.
Now, Maupassant, of whom it has been said that he is the master of the mot juste, has never been a dealer in words.
And that is the mot juste, ...