- 1A small group of words standing together as a conceptual unit, typically forming a component of a clause: ‘to improve standards’ is the key phrase hereMore example sentences
- Moreoever the rest of the lines explain and expand these references by using adjectival phrases and subordinate clauses which tell the reader to look for explanation within the poem itself.
- Like other adverbial words and phrases, nevertheless floats around under the joint influence of meaning, syntax and style, but it usually washes up at the start of a clause.
- Associated with these tendencies was a greater focus on single words, rather than on phrases or clauses.
- 1.1An idiomatic or short pithy expression: his favourite phrase is ‘it’s a pleasure’More example sentences
- You will develop a flair for short, pithy phrases that will identify you as the writer, whether your byline is published or your story is magically morphed into a brief.
- It might not be a bad idea to review your own favorite phrases and expressions occasionally and replace them with fresh variations.
- And the connection is a pithy phrase of Deputy Noonan's dating back to the 1987 election campaign.
- 1.2 Music A group of notes forming a distinct unit within a longer passage: the succession of downward phrases in the orchestra is so movingMore example sentences
- The musicians could tell an out-of-tune note within a musical phrase, and the Chinese could understand their language when the words were spoken in a sentence.
- It also is an excellent way of testing our students' memories; if they can recite or sing the note names of a phrase in rhythm, we can be sure the music is in their heads and not just in their fingers.
- A note, a phrase, or a section of music has embodied meaning, because it points to and makes us expect another musical (not extramusical) event.
- 1.3 Ballet A group of steps within a longer sequence or dance.More example sentences
- The dance occurred on two split-level stages and is a sequence of exciting, unexpected dance phrases.
- True, he sometimes over-restricts himself to the point that you worry his warehouse of steps and phrases is understocked.
- Unlike many ballet choreographers, Webre allows his dancers to develop movement phrases through improvisation.
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- 1Put into a particular form of words: it’s important to phrase the question correctlyMore example sentences
- Katherine tried to find the correct words in which to phrase her question.
- It is my fault, I did not phrase the question correctly.
- The archbishop phrased his words with care, as is his way.
- 1.1 (often as noun phrasing) Divide (music) into phrases in a particular way, especially in performance: original phrasing brought out unexpected aspects of the musicMore example sentences
- Selim Palmgren's works for solo piano evoke a similar atmosphere, and somehow Finnish pianists understand perfectly how to phrase his music.
- Witt's music is strongly Mozartian in phrasing and flavor, so much so that he sometimes sounds like a clone of the famous composer.
- You can assess how much expression to give, and how to phrase the music in the absence of score markings.
turn of phrase
- A person’s particular or characteristic manner of expression: a vituperative turn of phraseMore example sentences
- Merchant - his real name was Dennis Williams - who wrote the lyrics to many of Ray's compositions, had an elegant turn of phrase, a genuine concern for his fellow man, and endless energy.
- I haven't read the book so can't comment on its contents beyond noting in passing that Fallaci seems to court controversy and has an ugly turn of phrase.
- You know, anybody can use an unfortunate turn of phrase.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'style or manner of expression'): via late Latin from Greek phrasis, from phrazein 'declare, tell'.