"The toaster oven with the expressive dent". what is "expressive dent"?

I've found a couple of meanings for expressive and for dent. However I don't know which one adequate here.


  • Source? This doesn't seem like a regular usage. – user3169 May 24 '16 at 17:10

The context would likely give clues as to what the author intended. Given what you have written I would interpret it as a unique toaster that has a very telling mark on it from abuse or rough handling. Expressive in this case could be interpreted as an euphemism.


"Which toaster was it that Sue dropped on the floor?"

I replied, "The toaster oven with the expressive dent."

  • To my ears, an "expressive dent" sounds like a humorous phrase you might see in a short story or novel. It's humorous, because normally you think of a sensitive human as being "expressive. And a dent is, well, just a dent. A dent that seems to communicate expressively must be quite a large and complicated dent! – Ringo May 24 '16 at 16:26
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    Yes, now that you mention it, it sounds like something from a British comedy, Red Dwarf or similar. – Charlie May 24 '16 at 16:28
  • As you asked, the source is:nytimes.com/2015/12/20/magazine/… the pharse is located on the last paragraph. – fsfs7 Jul 16 '16 at 7:48

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