Definition of Set phrase

1. Noun. An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up.

Exact synonyms: Idiom, Idiomatic Expression, Phrasal Idiom, Phrase
Generic synonyms: Expression, Locution, Saying
Specialized synonyms: Ruralism, Rusticism
Examples of language type: Out Of Whack, In The Lurch, Like Clockwork
Derivative terms: Idiomatic, Phrasal, Phrase

Definition of Set phrase

1. Noun. (grammar) A common expression whose wording is not subject to variation. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) A common expression whose words cannot be replaced by synonymous words without compromising the meaning. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Set Phrase

set in
set in motion
set in one's ways
set in stone
set list
set of bookshelves
set of pipes
set off
set on
set on fire
set one's cap at
set one's shoulder to the wheel
set one's teeth on edge
set operation
set out
set phrase (current term)
set phrases
set piece
set pieces
set point
set points
set pulses racing
set sail
set screw
set shot
set square
set squares
set straight
set the Thames on fire
set the bar

Literary usage of Set phrase

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Introduction to the Study of Language by Leonard Bloomfield (1914)
"When the idiomatic set phrase deviates too considerably from the individual ... On the other hand, the boundary between set phrase and syntactic expression ..."

2. A Student's Manual of English Constitutional History by Dudley Julius Medley (1907)
"(3) Trial statement in set phrase of the plaintiff's case, the denial in equally set phrase of the defendant which came to be known as the ..."

3. Classical Philology by University of Chicago press, JSTOR (Organization) (1917)
"... of two short syllables, and 2 where it precedes one).1 In 3 of these the article stands with a proper name, and in 4 it is in a set phrase (tiri ri> ..."

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