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Definitions of phrase

  1. put into words or an expression; " He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
  2. an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  3. a short musical passage
  4. an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
  5. A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase.
  6. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
  7. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression.
  8. A short clause or portion of a period.
  9. To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
  10. To use proper or fine phrases.
  11. To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.
  12. In grammar, a group of related words not containing a subject and a predicate; any brief pithy expression; style or manner of speech.
  13. To put into words, especially into suitable words.
  14. A part of a sentence: a short pithy expression: a form of speech: ( music) a short clause or portion of a sentence.
  15. To express in words: to style.
  16. To express in words.
  17. Part of a sentence; short expression; form of speech.
  18. A few words denoting a single idea; a brief expression; term; diction.
  19. A fragment of a melody.
  20. A short expression; a peculiar mode of speech; style.
  21. To express in words or in peculiar words. Phrase- book, a book of idioms.
  22. Two or more words containing a particular mode of speech; an idiom; style or manner in writing or speaking.
  23. To express in peculiar words; to style.
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Quotes of phrase

  1. Well I've never used that phrase before, but yes she is bootylicious. – Ben Affleck
  2. If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is- holy war. – Steve Allen
  3. A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him. – Mikhail Bakunin
  4. The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase the leaping simile. – Robert Cormier
  5. The really explicit phrase is doors of perception. – Marianne Faithfull
  6. When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head, a catch phrase When I was writing pop songs for a few years, as a career, separate from my folksinging career, I used to write songs for pop singers. – Tom Glazer
  7. He can thread a needle with a well -turned phrase – Don Hewitt
  8. Interpreter of Maladies is the title of one of the stories in the book. And the phrase itself was something I thought of before I even wrote that story. – Jhumpa Lahiri
  9. I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm. – Ogden Nash
  10. I use a lot more chords than most organists and I'm careful to phrase them with the guitar. – Alan Price
  11. Congress seems to believe that 'Children are our future' is a phrase coined by tobacco advertisers. – Jef I. Richards
  12. But the worst of all is, according to the old phrase while the grass grows, the horse starves, but the man of money is the man for Nova Scotia. Those may do extremely well. – Nathaniel Smith
  13. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must, in practice, be a bad government. – Joseph Story
  14. I began thinking there should be an American phrase book, 'cause I've got an Italian phrase book, and an Arabic one... now a British one. I think it'd be pretty good to have an American phrase book. – Joe Strummer
  15. No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself unless he has crystallized into expressive and original phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart. – Alfred de Vigny

Usage examples for phrase

  1. He is the author of The True Church, a phrase which seems to have a book- meaning and a mission- meaning. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. Just what evil Conny had done to Cairy Isabelle could not say, ending always with the phrase but I don't trust her," or " she is so selfish." – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  3. You have damned it with your own phrase 'hack journalism'! – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. That phrase described all for which she had cared most. – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  5. Chekhov, certainly, with his extraordinary modesty and his dislike of phrase making, would never have said anything like that. – Reminiscences of Anton Chekhov by Maxim Gorky Alexander Kuprin I. A. Bunin
  6. The phrase was formerly in use in Harvard College. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  7. A little further comes this curious phrase Our father would much like you to have his pictures, if you are still in the body, James." – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  8. A large order, as the boys phrase it! – The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society by Upton Sinclair
  9. The phrase went out of his mind. – Foes by Mary Johnston
  10. The phrase might have been familiar English to him. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  11. The phrase delighted him. – The Worshipper of the Image by Richard Le Gallienne
  12. Elisaveta remarked: " I suppose you think our being glad to see you merely a polite phrase – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  13. The criminal classes, to use your phrase are not made up of quite the same persons in the eyes of the Supreme as in yours. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  14. Presently she turned the phrase so as to make it appear natural enough. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  15. Well, my Lady, I will not quarrel with the phrase – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  16. That ever I should have lived to hear you use a phrase like that! – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  17. As the old phrase puts it, he was all by himself. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  18. One could easily start a phrase with any of these, even with any two of them such as If it, Is in, Is it, It is. – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  19. I came upon a fine phrase the other evening in your English prayer book. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  20. The phrase took hold of her imagination. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young

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