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Synonyms for phrase

a word or group of words forming a unit and conveying meaning

choice of words and the way in which they are used

to convey in language or words of a particular form

Synonyms for phrase

an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

divide, combine, or mark into phrases

References in classic literature ?
All the time he was jerking out these phrases he was stumping up and down the tavern on his crutch, slapping tables with his hand, and giving such a show of excitement as would have convinced an Old Bailey judge or a Bow Street runner.
A Sentence or Phrase is a composite significant sound, some at least of whose parts are in themselves significant; for not every such group of words consists of verbs and nouns--'the definition of man,' for example - -but it may dispense even with the verb.
The survivors then become extremely shy, and can scarcely be "brought to medicine," to use the trapper's phrase for "taking the bait.
All this was gibberish to Clara Caverly, who understood the phrases, notwithstanding, quite as well as the friend who was using them.
A ship may have left her port some time before; she may have been at sea, in the fullest sense of the phrase, for days; but, for all that, as long as the coast she was about to leave remained in sight, a southern-going ship of yesterday had not in the sailor's sense begun the enterprise of a passage.
Weltering in gore' is a very expressive phrase, certainly.
The Jury all cheered, though the Judge said he feared That the phrase was not legally sound.
cried I again with all my might with a longdrawn rolling of the " ohl " sound after the fashion of the Berliners (who constantly use the phrase "Ja wohl
Justice" was done, and the President of the Immortals, in Aeschylean phrase, had ended his sport with Tess.
In a verse from the Bible which I have quoted above, occurs the phrase "all these kings.
On first receiving the news, under the influence of indignation and resentment the Emperor had found a phrase that pleased him, fully expressed his feelings, and has since become famous.
This pleasure came often from some vital phrase, or merely the inspired music of a phrase quite apart from its meaning.
I know their use of it, yet am compelled to use it in my own way in default of a better phrase.
A phrase, a word, conveys instantly to his mind what hours of words and phrases could not convey to the mind of the non-traveller.
Previous to this, the earliest-known use of the phrase occurred in the pamphlet, "Ye Slaves," written by George Milford and published in December, 1912.