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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.
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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

in phase (with someone or something)

1. Happening, functioning, or moving at the same time and pace as someone or something else; in a synchronized or coordinated manner (with someone or something). Primarily heard in UK. Every soldier in the squad marched perfectly in phase. Is it just me, or is the audio not in phase with the movie?
2. Sharing the same or similar goals, ideals, desires, likes, dislikes, etc.; having the same or similar perspectives or opinions. Primarily heard in UK. Throughout the date, it just seemed like she and I were totally in phase about everything we brought up. If your team isn't in phase with one another, you're going to have a hard time getting this project done.
See also: phase, someone

out of phase (with someone or something)

1. Not or no longer happening, functioning, or moving at the same time and pace as someone or something else; in an unsynchronized or uncoordinated manner (with someone or something). Primarily heard in UK. The soldiers got in trouble for being out of phase while marching. Is it just me, or is the audio out of phase with the movie?
2. Not sharing the same or similar goals, ideals, desires, likes, dislikes, etc.; having the different or dissimilar perspectives or opinions. Primarily heard in UK. I don't think I'll go out with her again. It just seemed like we were out of phase on every topic. If your team is out of phase with one another, you're going to have a hard time getting this project done.
See also: of, out, phase, someone

phase down

To reduce something in size or scale in incremental phases over time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "phase" and "down." The government claims that it will begin phasing down its military presence in that region. We'll have to phase the program down if we want to survive in this economy.
See also: down, phase

phase in

To introduce or implement (someone or something) gradually to some new function, condition, or situation, especially in distinct phases or stages. We've been phasing in a new company-wide policy to help deal with cyber security threats. The program was phased in over a period of seven years, with the final implementation going live today. They said they would phase me in slowly when they first offered the job to me, but that hasn't been the case at all.
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phase into (something)

1. To begin or introduce something very gradually or in increments. We're slowly phasing into an online-only business model. We want to phase you into the position over a few weeks to let you acclimate to the role as we train you.
2. To introduce someone or something to some new state, situation, or function very gradually or in increments. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "phase" and "into." We want to phase the area into a position as the new hub of cutting-edge commerce in the region. They said they would phase me into the job slowly when they first offered it to me, but that hasn't been the case at all.
3. To appear in some space or location from another dimension or plane of existence. Used primarily in fantasy and science fiction. The superhero phased into the room using quantum tunneling.
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phase out

To gradually eliminate or remove someone or something from some condition, function, or situation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "phase" and "out." Of course I'm worried—the corporate office is phasing out all of the jobs in our department! When was the two-dollar bill phased out of circulation? Let's start giving Sarah more of Bill's responsibilities so that we can start phasing him out.
See also: out, phase

phase out of (something)

1. To remove someone or something from some status, situation, mode, or role very gradually or in increments. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "phase" and "out of." The board of directors agreed to phase the controversial CEO out of his position. The government announced that it will be phasing taxpayers out of the single-payer healthcare system over the next 12 months.
2. To disappear from some space or location by traveling another dimension or plane of existence. Used primarily in fantasy and science fiction. His quantum state had become unstable, and he began phasing out of our reality at random.
See also: of, out, phase

phased

A common misspelling of "fazed," meaning disconcerted or having one's composure, comfort, or confidence disrupted.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in ˈphase/out of ˈphase (with something)

(British English) working/not working together in the right way: The traffic lights were out of phase.
See also: of, out, phase
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

phase in

v.
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

v.
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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

phazed

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

phased

verb
See phazed
See also: phase
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

in phase

In a correlated or synchronized way.
See also: phase

out of phase

In an unsynchronized or uncorrelated way.
See also: of, out, phase
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Table 1: Comparison of BT between menstrual phase, proliferative phase, ovulatory phase, and secretory phase (n=40) Phases BT (sec) Mean[+ or -]SD Critical value P value Menstrual phase 117.00[+ or -]25.24 31.213 0.001 (*) Proliferative 116.25[+ or -]32.00 phase Ovulatory phase 99.88[+ or -]16.27 Secretory phase 123.75[+ or -]22.95 (*) P<0.05 (significance); >0.05 (not significance).
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Tehran sold euro bonds worth billions of dollars to finance phases 12 to 18 in Iranian years from March 21, 2011.
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By analyzing the statistical and signal properties of interferometric phase, this paper proposes the concept of nonlinear phase model and studies the phase filtering and unwrapping method based on the model.
Regarding the January 2014 Phase II resident JAOAC, students who fail to submit all Phase I non-resident subcourses by 2400 hours, 1 November 2013 will not be allowed to attend the resident course.
This present study shows that respiratory parameters of women in reproductive age group show significant variations during different phases of menstrual cycle which could be due to the hyperventilation caused by increased levels of progesterone in the luteal phase as suggested by Das et al and Rao et al.
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In the signal-generation chain within a signal source, a modulation coder creates a digital baseband signal whose phase can be offset (Figure 1).
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The third phase, self-reflection, is an assessment of what just occurred (e.g., self-judgments), which allows the learner to make adjustments prior to entering the forethought phase once again.
The construction of Seagate Corporate Center consists of two phases: phase 1, currently under construction, totals more than 205,000 rsf on 13.5 acres; phase 2, still undeveloped, includes 13 more acres, including 171,000 rsf..