Wehr Wednesdays #59

A new word or phrase from the Hans Wehr dictionary, every Wednesday.

استعصى عليه اللفظ (lafẓ) the words died in his mouth, he couldn’t bring himself to speak

Root: ع-ص-ي

Page: 723*

Example: “أَشرَفَ عَلى قَولِ شَيْءٍ ما في تِلكَ اللَّحْظةِ، لكِن اِستَعْصى عَلَيهِ اللَّفظ”

Translation: “he was on the verge of saying something in that moment, but he couldn’t bring himself to speak”


You can learn more about the phrase “أشرف على” and other similar expressions in the post Four Arabic Roots to Express the Phrase “on the Verge of”!

You can now revise all of the Wehr Wednesday vocab so far on Quizlet here to stay on top of things!

* The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th Edition

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