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His turn of phrase is more reminiscent of a populist politician than an academic theorist. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Here fast thinking and problem solving become just as valuable as your ability to turn a phrase. The Sun (2016)He has a good turn of phrase, too. Times, Sunday Times (2017)He's got an old-fashioned turn of phrase. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The phrase 'You 're filming? Times, Sunday Times (2016)To most people the phrase "to make a motion "involves some kind of movement. Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)Try reading the sentences without those phrases and it will be obvious where we have gone wrong. Times, Sunday Times (2011)My interest is in the phrase one of the only services. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It helps if you can phrase this particular target in terms of negatives and positives. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Characters can be caught in a phrase or line. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They studied thousands of volunteers and found their favourites all had long and detailed musical phrases. The Sun (2011)Freedom of speech is not the right to speak bland and uncontroversial phrases about people. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Insider trading could be one phrase for that. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The exams were sometimes confusing with the way they phrased the questions. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Translation of the outline into a draft consists of taking the rough outline and putting it into phrases and sentences. Advanced Educational Psychology For Educators, Researchers and Policymakers, (1995)He coined a phrase which continues to epitomise the theological way in which to understand the fact of an evolutionary world. Times, Sunday Times (2008)B. Use commas to set off long introductory phrases and clauses. A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)His secret is simple and expressed in a phrase he often uses: make your players feel important. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Employers can look at the stresses in a particular job and phrase interview questions so that they get the best person for the job. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I asked the question again, phrased differently. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The familiar phrase 'You get what you pay for' remains largely true. Times, Sunday Times (2016)More than half of employees said they did not hear the phrase often enough at work, according to the survey for an online recruitment agency. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Hope fluttered, like butterfly wings, out of lines and phrases. Times, Sunday Times (2012)History, to coin a phrase, is coming home. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The song thrush is a classic example, and a top thrush is reckoned to have more than 100 musical phrases in his vocabulary. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'phrase'
British English: phrase /freɪz/ NOUN
A phrase is a short group of words that are used as a unit and whose meaning is not always obvious from the words contained in it.
I hate the phrase: You have to be cruel to be kind.
- American English: phrase
- Arabic: عِبَارَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: frase
- Chinese: 短语
- Croatian: izraz
- Czech: fráze
- Danish: frase
- Dutch: uitdrukking
- European Spanish: frase
- Finnish: lauseen osa
- French: expression
- German: kurzer Satz
- Greek: φράση
- Italian: frase
- Japanese: 慣用句
- Korean: 문구 문장
- Norwegian: uttrykk
- Polish: wyrażenie
- European Portuguese: frase
- Romanian: frază
- Russian: фраза
- Spanish: frase
- Swedish: fras ordvändning
- Thai: วลี
- Turkish: sözcük grubu
- Ukrainian: фраза
- Vietnamese: cụm từ
British English: phrase VERB
If you phrase something in a particular way, you express it in words in that way.
I would have phrased it quite differently.
Definition of phrase from the Collins English Dictionary
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