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set phrase

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n set phrase an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
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Usage

In literature:

He was one day terribly "set back" as the phrase is, by a sharpish answer.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
The army joined in the torrent of abuse, and a very pretty set of phrases were sent spinning through the clean night air.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
Once and again we find one going through the positions of prayer and accompanying set phrases.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
In some summary phrasing I must have set out the gist of this.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
The business of life is not carried on by words, but in set phrases, each with a special and almost a slang signification.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He makes no attempt to set off thin conceptions with a multiplicity of phrases.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Certain phrases and certain sets of ideas gain dominance at certain times.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
The omission of a phrase saved a whole sentence, and the change of an adjective or two set right a whole character.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
Out of that set of conditions springs a highly characterizing phrase that also has beauty.
"Dramatic Technique" by George Pierce Baker
The phrase, like some other prophetic utterances, sounded a trifle harsh, but was all the more calculated to set me thinking.
"Social Rights And Duties" by Leslie Stephen
It's got to be a sort of set phrase about me, that I'm coming.
"The Adventures of a Widow" by Edgar Fawcett
She promptly "started in," as she would have phrased it, to set him at his ease.
"Coelebs" by F.E. Mills Young
It was such a day as must have set poets to making jeweled phrases out of words.
"The Code of the Mountains" by Charles Neville Buck
There is an old-fashioned exaggeration about their set phrases of politeness.
"Spanish Highways and Byways" by Katharine Lee Bates
The name of the king is there in good set phrase; but the soul of the thing is its assumption of sovereignty in the people.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
Avoid set phrases, and use quotations but rarely.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
In James's proclamation on ascending the throne, he sets forth his hereditary right in pompous and perhaps unconstitutional phrases.
"Constitutional History of England, Vol 1 of 3" by Henry Hallam
It is set quite in the style of an Italian song, with much declamation and with some charming melodious phrases.
"Twelve Good Musicians" by Frederick Bridge
Her phrase, however, set me speculating.
"Illustrations of Universal Progress" by Herbert Spencer
When he comes to speak of her death he uses a phrase on which it would seem as if too little value had been set.
"The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri" by Dante Alighieri
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In poetry:

Showed how tricks of the phrase, sheer metaphors could set
Fools concocting a myth, taking the worlds for things.
Do you think this a far-fetched
Picture? Go then about among
"The Country of the Blind" by C S Lewis
The race moves on, and leaves no wildernesses
Where rugged voices cry;
It reads its prayer, and with set phrase it blesses
The souls of men who die,
And step by even step its rank progresses,
An army marshalled by.
"Protest" by John Charles McNeill

In news:

When Darren Macioszek set out to buy a pizza shop, he paid attention to the age-old phrase, "Location, location, location".
"I don't believe in set phrases," Flavio Cianciarulo intones, his voice crackling over the phone from Mar del Plata, Argentina.
The phrase "you don't know what you're missing" comes to mind when we think of what happened when we set out to tune up Markas Platt's '63 Chevy II station wagon at Westech Performance Group in Mira Loma, California.
In my youth, another engineer and I took three sets of phrases from Reader's Digest that could be combined in random sequences to form complete sentences, and we automated them.
Patient- centered care (as it is described by doctors) or person- centered care (the phrase-more frequently used in non-medical settings) is one of those concepts everyone supports–except when it comes to the details.
Hollywood provides many of the set phrases we deploy in everyday life.
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In science:

Whenever we use the phrase “for almost all n ≤ x” in a result, we mean that the result is true for all n ≤ x except a set of size O(x/ψ(x)).
The iterated Carmichael lambda function
When V := Zd, we use the phrase “nearest-neighbor model” for the situation when E is the set of pairs of vertices that are at the Euclidean distance one from each other.
Recent progress on the Random Conductance Model
Our problem can be phrased as fol lows. (1) For each root system Φ, find a number k such that every alcoved polytope of type Φ has a generating set of size at most k . (2) More general ly, let P be a polytope and H be a set of support hyperplanes of P such that al l facets of P are contained in H.
Symmetric Alcoved Polytopes
When S is a random set of primes, what is the probability that GS (p) is isomorphic to some specified finite p-group Γ?” In order to phrase the question precisely, we need a little notation.
Random pro-p groups, braid groups, and random tame Galois groups
Key words and phrases: Light and heavy tails of distributions, random process (field), Young-Orlicz function, ordinary and Grand Lebesgue spaces, Orlicz, Lorentz norm and spaces, disjoint sets and functions.
A counterexample to a hypothesis of light tail of maximum distribution for continuous random processes with light finite-dimensional tails
Here, models of random groups are provided as certain sets of group presentations, and the phrase “random groups in the model admit fixed-point property” mean s that groups given by presentations in the model admit fixed-point property wit h high probability.
Fixed-point property of random quotients by plain words
Key words and phrases. bent function, partial spread, relative difference set.
Bent functions generalizing Dillon's partial spread functions
We consider five different Null Hypotheses, or set of constraints: in each case, the Null Hypothesis can be phrased as “X 0 has a behavior compatible with a random group X of nodes satisfying the chosen set of constraints”.
Bootstrapping under constraint for the assessment of group behavior in human contact networks
Keywords and phrases: Coverage probability; function; predictive random set; validity.
Random sets and exact confidence regions
Key words and phrases. saturated set, dual topology, compactness operator.
Sequence of dualizations of topological spaces is finite
Each cluster consists of a set of articles, in which the topic phrase is matched within the title or the content of papers in AAN.
Scientific Paper Summarization Using Citation Summary Networks
In this paper, we refer to this partially ordered set as the poset of Dyck paths ordered by inclusion, although at times we may omit the phrase ‘ordered by inclusion’.
Properties of the poset of Dyck paths ordered by inclusion
Dark energy tests are usually phrased in terms of measuring a set of parameters that describe the energy density and equation of state of dark energy.
Designing Surveys for Tests of Gravity
Key words and phrases. zero sequence, maximal zero sequence, uniquness set, Fock spaces, Weierstrass σ-function.
Maximal zero sequences for Fock spaces
When our hypotheses are phrased in terms of such W, we will assume that w << ν in order to avoid technical difficulty associated with sets of measure 0; see the comment after (3.18).
A Compact Embedding Theorem for Generalized Sobolev Spaces
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