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      n     (Linguistics)   a representation, esp. one in the form of a tree diagram, of the constituent structure of a sentence  
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1    a group of words forming an immediate syntactic constituent of a clause  
   Compare       clause       1       noun phrase       verb phrase  
2    a particular expression, esp. an original one  
3      (Music)   a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody  
4    (in choreography) a short sequence of dance movements  
      vb   tr  
5      (Music)   to divide (a melodic line, part, etc.) into musical phrases, esp. in performance  
6    to express orally or in a phrase  
     (C16: from Latin phrasis, from Greek: speech, from phrazein to declare, tell)  

catch phrase  
      n   a well-known frequently used phrase, esp. one associated with a particular group, etc.  
noun phrase  
      n     (Grammar)   a constituent of a sentence that consists of a noun and any modifiers it may have, a noun clause, or a word, such as a pronoun, that takes the place of a noun,   (Abbrev.)    NP  
phrase book  
      n   a book containing frequently used expressions and their equivalents in a foreign language, esp. for the use of tourists  
phrase marker  
      n     (Linguistics)   a representation, esp. one in the form of a tree diagram, of the constituent structure of a sentence  
phrase-structure grammar  
      n   a grammar in which relations among the words and morphemes of a sentence are described, but not deeper or semantic relations,   (Abbrev.)    PSG      Compare       transformational grammar  
phrase-structure rule  
      n     (Generative grammar)   a rule of the form A <arrow> X where A is a syntactic category label, such as noun phrase or sentence, and X is a sequence of such labels and/or morphemes, expressing the fact that A can be replaced by X in generating the constituent structure of a sentence,   (Also called)    rewrite rule      Compare       transformational rule  
verb phrase  
      n     (Grammar)   a constituent of a sentence that contains the verb and any direct and indirect objects but not the subject. It is a controversial question in grammatical theory whether or not this constituent is to be identified with the predicate of the sentence,   (Abbrev.)    VP  

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      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  

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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".
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
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
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