The verb phrase means to articulate. You should be careful how you phrase your criticism of your boss. Saying he can be demanding is probably okay. Saying he is an ogre is probably not.

In grammar, a phrase is a group of words that is part of a sentence but can't stand alone. In the sentence, "We should go to your house," "to your house" is a phrase. A phrase can also be an idiomatic saying. If you told a foreign exchange student to "get off the fence" and pick a side in the debate, he might look puzzled at the phrase and say, "But I'm nowhere near a fence!"

Primary Meanings of phrase

an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
put into words or an expression
a short musical passage
divide, combine, or mark into phrases
Full Definitions of phrase

n an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

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nominal, nominal phrase, noun phrase
a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb
predicate, verb phrase
one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
prepositional phrase
a phrase beginning with a preposition
pronominal, pronominal phrase
a phrase that functions as a pronoun
a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister
catch phrase, catchphrase
a phrase that has become a catchword
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construction, expression, grammatical construction
a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit

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

idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase
ruralism, rusticism
a rural idiom or expression
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expression, locution, saying
a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

v put into words or an expression

articulate, formulate, give voice, word
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direct or put; seek an answer to
lexicalise, lexicalize
make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language
dogmatise, dogmatize
state as a dogma
formularise, formularize
express as a formula
cast, couch, frame, put, redact
formulate in a particular style or language
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evince, express, show
give expression to

n a short musical passage

musical phrase
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(music) a group of notes connected by a slur
a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
ground bass
a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated
a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
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musical passage, passage
a short section of a musical composition

n dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

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dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

v divide, combine, or mark into phrases

phrase a musical passage”
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arrange, order, put, set up
arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

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