phrase

phrase
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noun
ADJECTIVE
colloquial, idiomatic
key

‘Start slowly’ is the key phrase for the first-time marathon runner.

common, familiar, famous, popular
catch-all, empty, hackneyed, meaningless, stock

He just comes out with the same old stock phrases.

apt, catchy (informal), colourful/colorful, descriptive, memorable, telling, well-turned
catch (usually catchphrase), signature (AmE)

the show's best known catchphrase

buzz

A current popular buzz phrase is ‘Think outside the box’.

code (esp. AmE)

‘Law and order’ was most often a code phrase for repressive measures.

musical
adjectival, adverbial, noun, prepositional, verb
VERB + PHRASE
employ, turn, use

She can certainly turn a phrase.

coin

Who coined the phrase ‘desktop publishing’?

borrow
utter
quote, repeat
trademark

In 1998, he trademarked the phrase ‘Freedom of Expression’.

PHRASE + NOUN
book

I bought a Spanish phrase book.

PREPOSITION
in a/the phrase

She was, in her own memorable phrase, ‘a woman without a past’.

PHRASES
a choice of phrase

Her unfortunate choice of phrase offended most of the audience.

a turn of phrase

He is meticulous in his choice of words and turns of phrase.

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verb
ADVERB
carefully

The statement was very carefully phrased.

differently

I should have phrased my question differently.

beautifully

The concerto's slow movement was beautifully phrased.

Phrase is used with these nouns as the object: ↑question

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  • phrase — [ fraz ] n. f. • 1546; lat. phrasis, mot gr. « élocution » 1 ♦ Vx Tour, expression. « Les synonymes sont plusieurs dictions [façons de dire] ou plusieurs phrases différentes qui signifient une même chose » (La Bruyère). 2 ♦ Mod., Plur. Faire des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • phrasé — phrase [ fraz ] n. f. • 1546; lat. phrasis, mot gr. « élocution » 1 ♦ Vx Tour, expression. « Les synonymes sont plusieurs dictions [façons de dire] ou plusieurs phrases différentes qui signifient une même chose » (La Bruyère). 2 ♦ Mod., Plur.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • -phrase — ⇒ PHRASE, PHRASTIQUE, élém. formant Élém. entrant dans la constr. d un certain nombre de termes de ling. ou de rhét., qui peuvent générer des adj. dér. en phrastique. A. [Au sens anc. de phrase (v. ce mot I A) «expression, locution»]: métaphrase …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • phrase — phrase, idiom, expression, locution mean a group of words which, taken together, express a notion and may be used as a part of a sentence. Phrase may apply to a group of words which for one reason or another recurs frequently (as in the language… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Phrase — Phrase, n. [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. ?, fr. ? to speak.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Phrasé — (solfège) Dans la musique occidentale, le phrasé indique la façon d exécuter les différentes phrases musicales. Des silences écrits séparent souvent les phrases successives, et même parfois, les divers motifs de chaque phrase, mais ce n est pas… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • phrase — PHRASE. s. f. Façon de parler, Assemblage de mots sous une certaine construction. Phrase ordinaire, populaire. phrase figurée, recherchée. bonne phrase. mauvaise phrase. phrase reguliere, irreguliere …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • phrasé — phrasé, ée (fra zé, zée) part. passé de phraser. 1°   Coupé par phrases. Style phrasé, bien phrasé. 2°   Se dit, dans un sens analogue, de la musique. •   On commence à sentir que le charme de l air, phrasé à l italienne, manque à la scène de l… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Phrase — Sf std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. phrasis rednerische Ausdrucksweise, Diktion, Stil , dieses aus gr. phrásis das Reden, Ausdrucksweise , zu gr. phrázein deutlich machen, kundtun, sagen, sprechen . Zunächst wertfrei Redewendung,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Phrase — Phrase, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Phrased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Phrasing}.] [Cf. F. phraser.] To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style. These suns for so they phrase em. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Phrase — Phrase, v. i. 1. To use proper or fine phrases. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See {Phrase}, n., 4. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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