Phrase in a sentence as a noun

God dam I hate the term "man up", it really is a hugely degrading phrase.

"Why do techies have such a tendency to phrase "I don't like x" as "It is wrong to use x".

Would he have you do it if he knew it was crushing your soul?I don't use the phrase "crushing your soul" lightly.

" You get older, you learn that in this country we define that phrase based on the constitution.

I'd like to propose using a more neutral phrase, like "hire away" to describe this practice, instead of "poach".

He lost the match, but got rights to the phrase anyways, and both companies got a lot of good publicity out of the match.

The startups tend to emphasize culture fit, and they were doing so even before that phrase came into existence.

They want the prestige of a "six figure salary," even though their buying power is an order of magnitude less than what that phrase originally referred to.

Phrase in a sentence as a verb

Note to young videographers: When a company asks whether you're working on an expose, the phrase "Im interested in issues of class, race, and labor" will not defuse the situation.

In situations where accusations of widespread corruption, misconduct, unethical action, etc are made, a phrase that is often trotted out in defense of the accused is "just a few bad apples".

So that phrase, that's something you would only say under extreme distress when you had maximal desire to offend me, or I suppose you could use it jokingly between friends, but neither you nor I generally talk that way.

Again, if you cannot manifest your intelligence in a way that forwards your agenda, who cares?To phrase it in a more confrontational way: if nobody is forced to contend with your mind, nobody knows it exists.

If you think back to how long the phrase "six figure salary" has been in use, you'll realize that, with inflation, a seven figure salary is quite accurately the new six figure salary in expensive cities like SF and NYC.

The design community generally doesn't like the idea of standards because they are a creative community, and there is no more damning phrase in the creative communities of the modern era than "unoriginal".

The course of post between Taiwan and Minnesota in those days was a week or less, so after a while each weekly letter would take the form of including a phrase like "This is letter number 12, replying to your letter number 10, which I received on [date]" and so on.

Seriously, last time this came up on HN the majority of the discussion was about how horrible it is that this movement uses the phrase "learn to code" rather than "learn to program".Now it's ad hominem attacks against musicians/artists advocating literacy and education -- and what do those attacks say?

Phrase definitions


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

See also: idiom


dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence


put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

See also: formulate word articulate


divide, combine, or mark into phrases; "phrase a musical passage"