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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Henry Miller
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Etymology

From Late Latin phrasis (diction) < Ancient Greek φράσις (phrasis), manner of expression), from φράζω (phrazō), I tell, express).

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Noun

Singular
phrase

Plural
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phrase ({{{1}}})
  1. A short written or spoken expression.
  2. (grammar) A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words. In the noun phrase the big bird, for example, the noun, bird is the head.
  3. (music) A small section of music in a larger piece.

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Verb

Infinitive
to phrase

Third person singular
phras

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to phrase (third-person singular simple present phras, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive)(music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
  2. (transitive)To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
  3. (transitive)(music) To divide into melodic phrases.

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Noun

phrase f. (plural phrases)

  1. (false friend) sentence

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