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turn a phrase

To express something in very adept, elegant, and clever terms. Mr. Broadmoor is so cultivated and witty. Not only is he remarkably intelligent, but he is always able to turn a phrase most poignantly.
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stock phrase

A well-known, overused phrase; a cliché. As this is a creative writing class, I don't want to see any stock phrases in your stories. Please rewrite this paragraph in your own words, instead of using stock phrases like "think outside the box."
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turn of phrase

1. An expression. I understood what she was saying until she used a turn of phrase that I had never heard.
2. An eloquent style of writing or speaking. That writer's turn of phrase has earned him many accolades and awards.
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coin a phrase

To create a new expression. Don't try to coin a phrase, just write a straightforward headline.
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to coin a phrase

A set phrase said after one uses a new expression. It is typically used jocularly to indicate the opposite (i.e. that one has just used a well-known or trite saying). Well, we can't do anything about it now, so que sera sera, to coin a phrase.
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coin a phrase

Fig. to create a new expression that is worthy of being remembered and repeated. (Often jocular.) He is "worth his weight in feathers," to coin a phrase.
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let me (just) say

 and just let me say
a phrase introducing something that the speaker thinks is important. Rachel: Let me say how pleased we all are with your efforts. Henry: Why, thank you very much. Bob: Just let me say that we're extremely pleased with your activity. Bill: Thanks loads. I did what I could.
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might as well

 and may as well
a phrase indicating that it is probably better to do something than not to do it. Bill: Should we try to get there for the first showing of the film? Jane: Might as well. Nothing else to do. Andy: May as well leave now. It doesn't matter if we arrive a little bit early. Jane: Why do we always have to be the first to arrive?
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to put it another way

 and put another way
a phrase introducing a restatement of what someone, usually the speaker, has just said. Father: You're still very young, Tom. To put it another way, you don't have any idea about what you're getting into. John: Could you go back to your own room now, Tom? I have to study. Put another way, get out of here! Tom: Okay, okay. Don't get your bowels in an uproar!
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you might as well (do something)

there is no reason you should not do something you may as well (do something) Since you have to wait, you might as well sit down and relax.
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to coin a phrase

something that you say before you use a phrase which sounds slightly silly He was, to coin a phrase, as sick as a parrot.
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a turn of phrase

1. a way of saying something 'Significant other', meaning 'partner', now that's an interesting turn of phrase.
2. the ability to express yourself well She has a nice turn of phrase which should serve her well in journalism.
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turn of phrase

A particular arrangement of words, as in I'd never heard that turn of phrase before, or An idiom can be described as a turn of phrase. This idiom alludes to the turning or shaping of objects (as on a lathe), a usage dating from the late 1600s.
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The phrasal core of the long repetitive chunk in (62), i.
These are the phrasal equivalent of the single word Singularly Imperfect Tautonyms in which the first half of the word differs by one letter from the second half of the word--as in MISHMASH (see WW2003165).
Might some unidentified poet have composed a poem in which phrasal links to plays of 1590-1610 are so overwhelmingly with Shakespeare, and done so in a complaint that was not only printed in the 1609 quarto of Shakespeare's Sonnets with an explicit attribution to Shakespeare but can also be seen as completing the structure of the whole volume?
Individually they would be understood by an average native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, but in the phrasal context here they would not mean too much.
The use of pseudo-generic "gay" and its phrasal variants also erroneously presupposes a natural alliance and/or reciprocal exchange of community resources--be they material, psychological, political, aesthetic, or the like--between lesbian women and gay men.
Donald Davidson has claimed that a theory of meaning identifies the logical constants of the object language by treating them in the phrasal axioms of the theory, and that the theory entails a relation of logical consequence among the sentences of the object language.
When TextLadder comes across the phrasal verb "blow up," it does not recognize the entire unit but only the individual words of which it is made.
188'; Michael Richter, `Collecting miracles along the Anglo-Welsh border in the early fourteenth century'; Paul Brand, `The languages of the law in later medieval England'; Herbert Schendl, `Linguistic aspects of code-switching in medieval English texts'; Luis Inglesias-Rabade, `French phrasal power in late Middle English: some evidence concerning the verb nime(n)/take(n)'; Tony Hunt, `Code-switching in medical texts'; Laura Wright, `Bills, accounts, inventories: everyday trilingual activities in the business world of later medieval England'; Frankwalt Mohren, `Onefold lexicography for a manifold problem?
The literary devices, including the absence of flashbacks, the varied uses of verbatim and phrasal reiterations, express this process-orientation.
1994); and NTC's Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs and Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases (1993).
English is shown to be subject to alternate arrangement at the phrasal and sentence levels as well as at the lexical level.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, third edition (AHD3), displays more than 16,000 new words and meanings and 2,800+ idioms and phrasal verbs.
with more general sources of complexity reflecting on-line competition between different lexical and phrasal interpretations.
Although he dissociates himself from the generativists, and although he concedes that readings will vary, he argues that readers, in their reading of phrasal rhythms, are guided by innate rhythmic competences and sees his task as the formulation of grouping well-formedness rules and grouping preference rules.
Further, the discourse analysis focused on several aspects of interpreting, including the depth of information processing (lexical, phrasal, sentential, discourse), content accuracy, contextual information, affect, register, speaker/signer style, and grammatical features of English and ASL (see Appendix 2 for a detailed description).