(=saying) expression f
→ the American phrase "to lay an egg", meaning to fail at something
→ I hate the phrase "You have to be cruel to be kind".
(=group of words) groupe m de mots
(=grammatical term) syntagme m
→ He was explaining the difference between a phrase and a clause. borderline first/second cat and I'd ignore it here
My German is practically nil, just a few phrases here and there. Mon allemand est pratiquement inexistant, je peux juste aligner quelques bouts de phrases.
→ It was a single short phrase being sung over and over again.
(=dictum) phrase f
in Marx's famous phrase dans la célèbre phrase de Marx
→ The moment I'd said it, I could see that I'd phrased it wrong.
→ I would have phrased it quite differently.
[+letter] rédiger → She phrased the letter as politely as she could.
n guide m de conversation
→ We bought a Danish phrase book.
n locution f prépositionnelle
turn of phrase
n style m
to have a nice turn of phrase savoir tourner un propos
→ Her stories weren't bad, she had a nice turn of phrase
→ Schwarzkopf's distinctive turn of phrase
→ a dry sense of humour and witty turn of phrase