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go through a phase

To experience or be in the midst of a temporary period of change, development, or fluctuation. I went through a phase of being obsessed with superhero movies this summer. Timothy has been really aggressive and demanding lately, but I think he's just going through a phase.
See also: phase, through

honeymoon phase

The short amount of time at the beginning of a new relationship, activity, or pursuit when everything goes well and seems to be free of problems. Donna was excited when she started her new job, but once the honeymoon phase was over, she realized that she had more responsibilities than she could handle. Many couples find it difficult to maintain a relationship after the honeymoon phase ends.
See also: honeymoon, phase

phase someone or something into something

 and phase someone or something in
to work someone or something into use or service gradually. They decided to phase Ruth into the job little by little. They phased in Ruth over a long period of time.
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phase someone or something out of something

 and phase someone or something out
to work someone or something out of use or service or out of a group gradually. We are going to have to phase you out of the job of treasurer. They phased out the unneeded workers.
See also: of, out, phase

phase in something

also phase something in
to introduce something gradually in stages The plan would phase in a pay raise for many state-government workers. They added too many stores at once instead of phasing them in over time.
Opposite of: phase out something
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phase out something

also phase something out
to gradually stop providing or using something The city decided to phase out half-day kindergarten for 4-year-olds in the public schools.
Opposite of: phase in (something)
See also: out, phase

in phase

Also, in sync. In a correlated or synchronized way; in accord, in harmony. For example, If everyone were in phase we could step up the schedule, or John and Pat often say the same thing at the same time; their minds are perfectly in sync . Both versions of this idiom refer to physical phenomena. The first, dating from the second half of the 1800s, alludes to being at the same stage in a series of movements. The second, a slangy abbreviation of synchronization dating from the mid-1900s, alludes to exact coincidence in the time or rate of movement. Also see in step; phase in; for the antonym, see out of phase.
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out of phase

Also, out of sync. In an unsynchronized or uncorrelated way. For example, Inventory control and shipping are out of phase, so we can't rely on their figures, or The lights are out of sync and keep flashing at random. For dates, see the antonym in phase.
See also: of, out, phase

phase in

Introduce one stage at a time. For example, New technology must be phased in or the office will be overwhelmed. The antonym is phase out, meaning "to bring or come to an end, one stage at a time," as in The department is phasing out all the older computers. [Mid-1900s]
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phase in

To introduce something or someone gradually or in stages: The government is now phasing in a new immigration policy. We should phase the new regulations in slowly so that businesses can get used to them.
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phase out

To take something or someone out of service gradually or in stages: The company phased out the old model of vacuum cleaner, and it's hard to find any in the stores now. We will gradually phase the old schedule out to create a more efficient one.
See also: out, phase


and phased (fezd)
mod. intoxicated with marijuana. How much booze does it take you to get really phased?


See phazed
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in phase

In a correlated or synchronized way.
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out of phase

In an unsynchronized or uncorrelated way.
See also: of, out, phase
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Overall, 103 small, high-technology firms in 27 states will share in about $72 million in SBIR Phase II contracts awarded by NASA this year, with several receiving more than one contract.
The "inpatient" portion of Phase I trials usually lasts from a day or two to a week (though follow up can last up to about a month), and are designed to assess the safety of a compound and study its pharmacokinetics (Pk--what the body does to the drug) and pharmacodynamics (Pd--what the drug does to the body).
The consequent loss in phase precision limits the attainable [b.
Various experiments have investigated the hypothesis that water and other more ordinary liquids can assume more than one phase.
NCI grantees who have successfully completed their Phase II aims may submit a competitive renewal of their Phase II project requesting support up to an additional three years for research activities that must include steps necessary to meet federal regulatory requirements (e.
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The less time you spend in the single-support phase, the more time you can spend accelerating the ball in the double-support phase.
This phase begins with the institutionalization of society and the appearance of large production units.
Depending on the type of canoe or kayak used, the first two phases should be completed in two minutes or less.
The PVC/NBR blend systems achieve their rubber-like properties by lowering the Tg of one phase of the PVC into the rubber region while the crystalline segments in PVC provide thermally reversible physical crosslinks.
The letter of intent provides that at the closing -- which is to take place within four days -- SAMI will transfer to Phase Out assets located in Mexico or Brazil, with certified appraisals and other documentation requested by Phase Out to satisfy Phase Out that the assets acquired are worth at least $5 million.
In the first phase of the project, a one-dimensional steady-state model is being created based on the best available data.
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Depending on the pressure and the magnetic field applied to a sample, the so-called A phase is more stable than the B phase at higher temperatures, whereas the B phase takes over at lower temperatures.