Phrase in a sentence

The word "phrase" in a example sentences. Learn the definition of phrase and how to use it in a sentence.

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Definition of Phrase

  • A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase.
  • A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
  • A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression.
  • A short clause or portion of a period.
  • To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
  • To use proper or fine phrases.
  • To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase n., 4.
  • dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
  • an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
  • a short musical passage
  • an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  • divide, combine, or mark into phrases
  • put into words or an expression

How to use phrase in a sentence. Phrase pronunciation.

It made Achmet Pasha sit up aghast, and Nahoum Pasha, the astute Armenian, for a long time past the confidant and favourite of the Prince Pasha, laugh in his throat; for, if there was a man in Egypt who enjoyed the thrust of a word or the bite of a phrase, it was Nahoum.
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Though the words were spoken with an air of ingenuous welcome, David felt the malignity in the last phrase, and knew that now was come the most fateful moment of his life.
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In so doing, he damns the stage and plays by excerpts, usually brief ones, containing objectionable phrases.
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I felt rowdyish and "bully," (as the historian Josephus phrases it, in his fine chapter upon the destruction of the Temple).
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Every man you met had his new mine to boast of, and his "specimens" ready; and if the opportunity offered, he would infallibly back you into a corner and offer as a favor to you, not to him, to part with just a few feet in the "Golden Age," or the "Sarah Jane," or some other unknown stack of croppings, for money enough to get a "square meal" with, as the phrase went.
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When he began to speak, his blunt but civil phrases were in keeping with this impression.
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Mumford urged his wife to take her summer holiday-to go away with the child until all was put right again-a phrase which included the removal of Miss Derrick to her own home; but of this Emmeline would not hear.
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In Turgenev's "Torrents of Spring," where the reader hears constantly phrases in Italian, French, and German, it will be remembered that the ladies ask Sanin to sing something in his mother tongue.
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Douee d'une merveilleuse concision qui s'allie a la clarte, il lui suffit d'un mot pour associer plusieurs idees, qui, dans une autre langue, exigeralent des phrases entieres.
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Many English readers used to say that the novels of George Eliot were "profoundly sad,"-it became almost a hackneyed phrase.
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But if the shop-worn phrase "human document" can ever be fittingly applied, no better instance can be found than this.
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To Sanin's philosophy of life, duelling is as absurd as religion, morality, or any other stupid conventionality; and his cold, ruthless logic makes short work of the polite phrases of the two ambassadors.
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Andreev is an unflinching realist, with all the Russian power of the concrete phrase.
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Here bigotry, hypocritical humility, sighs and sugary, sanctimonious, unmeaning phrases; there the same odious grimaces, although its method and means are of another kind-swaggering manners, bold and scornful looks-'God help the man who dares to insult me!'-padded shoulders, cock-a-hoop defiance.
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Her religion had long since fallen to pieces, and universal defilement of Scriptural phrase by the associations of the market-place had in this respect blunted her sensibilities.
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Mr. Lord was unconscious, but from time to time a syllable or a phrase fell from his lips, meaningless to the watchers.
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If henceforth he loved her, it must be with husband's love-a phrase which signified to him something as distinct as possible from the ardour he had known; a moral attachment instead of a passionate desire.
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The elder girl, having caught up a pregnant phrase in some periodical she approved, began to remark that Samuel had 'a modern mind;' and this eventually consoled them.
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Quite uneducated, in any legitimate sense of the word, he had yet learnt that such a thing as education existed, and, by dint of busy perusal of penny popularities, had even become familiar with names and phrases, with modes of thought and of ambition, appertaining to a world for ever closed against him.
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There followed many affectionate phrases, but Nancy's heart remained cold.
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Examples of Phrase

Example #1
Christian though he was, he was, nevertheless, Oriental to his farthermost corner, and had the culture of a French savant.
Example #2
There was nothing in them which could be challenged, could be construed into active criticism of men or things; and yet much he said was horrifying.
Example #3
In his inner being he heard the dreadful challenge of Fate.
Example #4
They go and they come as the feet of the doe in the desert.
Example #5
To this material he adds a section consisting of seventeen questions, a not uncommon device, addressed to those who might frequent the playhouses.
Example #6
Like Jeremy Collier before him and Arthur Bedford in 'The Evil and Danger of Stage-Plays' later (1706), he adds similar expressions from plays recently acted, as proof, presumably, of the failure of the theaters to reform themselves in spite of the publicity previously given to their shortcomings.