"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, as the French have it; that is what the orphanage was, and what the good founder was—imposing.
The wedge-shaped mass, immense foundations and pointed apex were the mot juste in outline.
I had already essayed to write, and was immensely keen on the mot juste, that Holy Grail of the period.
The mixing up of our identities is probably explained by the fact that we are both stylists and seekers for the mot juste.
And yet, that inner commotion was so violent, he felt a little bewildered about the mot juste.