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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: phrase /freɪz/ 
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  1. 1
    linguistics a group of words that form a unit within a clause (=a group of words containing a subject and verb)

    the ways in which words combine to form phrases and sentences

  2. 2
    linguistics a group of words that are used together in a fixed expression

    Several of those interviewed used the phrase "being one's own boss."

  3. 3
    music a series of musical notes that are part of a piece of music

    the long melodic phrases of Dvorak's American String Quartet

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