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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.
See also: of, phrase, turn

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.
See also: let, say

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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Projecting the meter of a work is a key part of the work's identity and should guide all decisions about phrasing.
Another key to interpreting rhythm and phrasing is to understand the natural inflection of a rhythmic pattern.
Duration and dynamic shading are very useful to show direction and once these facets are internalized students will exhibit a heightened awareness to phrasing.
Scrutinizing the rhythm of a given work will also reveal other clues to guide phrasing decisions.
Another way to achieve the desired phrasing is to avoid accents on the "leading" notes.
The natural phrasing comes from the entire musical gesture, not the individual notes.
Accents can detract from the phrasing when they disrupt the melodic line (for example placing an accent on beat two or the second eighth note of beat three in Example 12) or when they are too strong.
It is through the various types of rhythmic phrasing and nuances discussed in this article.
The results of Experiment 1 were surprising, however, because the temporal phrasing cues were not only sufficiently salient that they should have been adequate discriminative cues, but the cues were also placed at chunk boundaries where they should have provided the most benefit to detecting and coding pattern structure.
To examine why temporal phrasing retarded learning in Experiment 1, Experiment 2 examined the effects of temporal versus nontemporal phrasing cues, in this case, visual phrasing cues.
Procedures were the same as those reported in Experiment 1 with the exception that all mice were trained with the violation pattern only, but with four phrasing conditions.
Digits indicate the clockwise position of the correct response for a given trial, dashes between three-element chunks indicate 3-s pauses, and asterisks indicate where light levels changed for the visual phrasing cue.
The results indicate that retardation of learning because of phrasing cues in mice is not restricted to situations where the passage of time is a factor.
Significant interactions included visual phrasing x blocks, F(9, 108) = 3.
The results show that both temporal phrasing groups were the most retarded in learning relative to no phrasing, and visual phrasing alone produced an intermediate level of retardation of learning.