ADJ. colloquial, idiomatic | key ‘Start slowly’ is the key phrase for the first-time marathon runner. | famous | empty, glib, hackneyed, stock He keeps coming out with the same old stock phrases | memorable, well-turned | musical | adjectival, adverbial, noun, verb
VERB + PHRASE use | coin Who coined the phrase ‘desktop publishing’?
PHRASE + NOUN book
PREP. in a/the~ She was, in her own memorable phrase, ‘a woman without a past’.
PHRASES a choice of phrase Her unfortunate choice of phrase offended most of the audience. | a turn of phrase He is meticulous in his choice of words and turns of phrase.
ADV. carefully The statement was very carefully phrased. | differently I should have phrased my question differently.