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Definition of Phrase


  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 phrase.
  2. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
  3. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression.
  4. A short clause or portion of a period.
  5. To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
  6. To use proper or fine phrases.
  7. To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.

Phrase Quotations

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov

With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.
Hunter S. Thompson

In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?
Carl Rogers

Growing up, I was discouraged from telling personal stories. My dad often used the phrase 'Don't tell anyone.' But not about creepy things. I don't want to lead you down the wrong path. It would be about insignificant things. Like, I wouldn't make the soccer team, and my father would say, 'Don't tell anyone.'
Mike Birbiglia

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
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Phrase Translations

phrase in French is revirement, locution
phrase in German is Satz, Redensart
phrase in Italian is formulare, frase, volta
phrase in Spanish is virada, formular, locucion
phrase in Swedish is fras, uttryck