phrase

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phrases, phrasing, phrased
1) N-COUNT A phrase is a short group of words that people often use as a way of saying something. The meaning of a phrase is often not obvious from the meaning of the individual words in it.

He used a phrase I hate: `You have to be cruel to be kind.'

...the American phrase `laying an egg' meaning to fail at something.

2) N-COUNT A phrase is a small group of words which forms a unit, either on its own or within a sentence.

A writer spends many hours going over and over a scene - changing a phrase here, a word there.

3) VERB If you phrase something in a particular way, you express it in words in that way.

[V n adv] I would have phrased it quite differently...

[V n adv] The speech was carefully phrased...

[V n as n] They phrased it as a question.

Syn:
express, put
4) PHRASE: N inflects If someone has a particular turn of phrase, they have a particular way of expressing themselves in words.
to coin a phrasesee coin

Rose's stories weren't bad; she had a nice turn of phrase.

...Schwarzkopf's distinctive turn of phrase.


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