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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.
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.
To gradually eliminate or remove someone or something. 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?
To introduce or implement (something) gradually, 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 7 years, with the final implementation going live today.
phase someone or something into somethingand 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.
phase someone or something out of somethingand 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.
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.
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.
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]
in ˈphase/out of ˈphase (with something)(British English) working/not working together in the right way: The traffic lights were out of phase.
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.
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.
phazedand phased (fezd)
mod. intoxicated with marijuana. How much booze does it take you to get really phased?
In a correlated or synchronized way.
out of phase
In an unsynchronized or uncorrelated way.