Meaning of “phrase” in the English Dictionary

"phrase" in English

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phrasenoun [ C ]

uk /freɪz/ us /freɪz/
adjective /ˈfreɪ.zəl/ /ˈfreɪ.zəl/


phraseverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /freɪz/ us /freɪz/

(Definition of “phrase” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"phrase" in American English

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phrasenoun [ C ]

us /freɪz/

a group of words expressing a particular idea or meaning:

I think the phrase "bundle of energy" describes Mara very well.

grammar A phrase is a group of words forming a part of a sentence:

In "He was a man of great wealth," "of great wealth" is a prepositional phrase.

music A phrase is also a group of notes with a clear beginning and ending within a larger piece of music.

adjective us /ˈfreɪ·zəl/

phraseverb [ T ]

us /freɪz/

to express something in a particular way when speaking or writing:

The wording of his resignation was carefully phrased to avoid any admission of guilt.

(Definition of “phrase” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I like his phrase 'lean and clean'.
What does this phrase really mean?
In my view, that would also be useful in terms of risk assessment, the key phrase here being the collection of accident data.
As such, the 'femalisation' - if you will permit the phrase - of immigration is a new challenge which must be studied and taken into account in all our policies.
We need, as the phrase goes, research by women, for women - so that the gender implications of the research we undertake are examined - and about women.
In order to avoid unnecessary administrative costs, we have agreed to the simple registration of employment effects - or employment impact assessment, to use a fine phrase - but without any snags.
The phrase is excessive, superfluous, absurd!
They have lost faith in the current machinery and mechanisms to control and remove risk from "farm to table", in the phrase that is so often used.
In paragraph 1© the second point which was voted on, there is the phrase: "takes account in this connection of the attached text' .
We are asking it to demonstrate in this way that defining employment as the number one priority is not a hollow phrase.

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