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phrase British & World English

A small group of words standing together as a conceptual unit, typically forming a component of a clause

phrase English Thesaurus

the man who coined the phrase ‘desktop publishing’

noun phrase British & World English

A word or group of words containing a noun and functioning in a sentence as subject, object, or prepositional object

phrase book British & World English

A book for people visiting a foreign country, listing useful expressions in the language of the country together with their equivalent in the visitor’s own language

set phrase British & World English

An unvarying phrase having a specific meaning, such as ‘raining cats and dogs’, or being the only context in which a word appears, for example ‘amends’ in ‘make amends’

verb phrase British & World English

A verb with another word or words indicating tense, mood, or person

to coin a phrase British & World English

Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one, or ironically to show one’s awareness that one is using a hackneyed expression

turn of phrase British & World English

A person’s particular or characteristic manner of expression

prepositional phrase British & World English

A modifying phrase consisting of a preposition and its object

rephrase British & World English

Express (an idea or question) in an alternative way, especially for the purpose of clarification

to coin a phrase in coin British & World English

Said when introducing a new expression or a variation on a familiar one, or ironically to show one’s awareness that one is using a hackneyed expression

buzzword British & World English

A word or phrase, often an item of jargon, that is fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context

buzz phrase in buzzword British & World English

A word or phrase, often an item of jargon, that is fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context

catchphrase British & World English

A well-known sentence or phrase, especially one that is associated with a particular famous person


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