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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.'     
2       n-count   A phrase is a small group of words which forms a unit, either on its own or within a sentence.  
It is impossible to hypnotise someone simply by saying a particular word or phrase.     
3       verb   If you phrase something in a particular way, you express it in words in that way.  
I would have phrased it quite differently...      V n adv  
They phrased it as a question.      V n as n  
4    If someone has a particular turn of phrase, they have a particular way of expressing themselves in words.  
turn of phrase      phrase   N inflects  
...Schwarzkopf's distinctive turn of phrase.     
    to coin a phrase  

catch-phrase        ( catch-phrases    plural  ) , catch phrase   A catch-phrase is a sentence or phrase which becomes popular or well-known, often because it is frequently used by a famous person.      n-count  
noun phrase        ( noun phrases    plural  ) A noun phrase is the same as a noun group.      n-count  
phrase book        ( phrase books    plural  ) A phrase book is a book used by people travelling to a foreign country. It has lists of useful words and expressions, together with the translation of each word or expression in the language of that country.      n-count  
We bought a Danish phrase book.     
prepositional phrase     ( prepositional phrases    plural  ) A prepositional phrase is a structure consisting of a preposition and its object. Examples are `on the table' and `by the sea'.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


      n   expression, group of words, idiom, locution, motto, remark, saying, tag, utterance, way of speaking  
      vb   couch, express, formulate, frame, present, put, put into words, say, term, utter, voice, word  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing (of the lyrics of a song for example)
Comes from "and Lady Mondegreen", a misinterpretation of the line "and laid him on the green" from the Scottish ballad "The Bonnie Earl O' Moray".
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
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