Definitions

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  • n. The crafting of phrases; the art of rhetoric.

Etymologies

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phrase +‎ making

Examples

  • Gingrich, whose "Contract With America" was a brilliant piece of political phrasemaking, is well aware that the phrase "social engineering" originated with Lenin's attempts to radically rebuild Russian society in the years that immediately followed the Bolshevik Revolution.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: America's Real Radicals: The 40 Extremist Senators Who Voted Against Medicare

  • The author's relish for food is equaled by her relish for phrasemaking.

    Anglo-Saxon On the Menu

  • The vivid phrasemaking is liquid gold on the actors 'tongues and the literary craftsmanship is admirable, with details in the monologues overlapping at just the right moment to snap a bleak image indelibly into place.

    Rosemary Jenkinson's 'Stella Morgan' is good, but not great, at Keegan Theatre

  • Although America sometimes exhibits imperial behavior, the romanticizing of “American empire” is not even close to taking material, let alone constitutional, form outside academic phrasemaking.

    Magic and Mayhem

  • He had called it, with his Shakespearean ear for phrasemaking, the “centrifugal theory”—the idea that cancer, like a malevolent pinwheel, tended to spread in ever-growing arcs from a single central focus in the body.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • As the campaign's poll-tested phrasemaking constantly reminds us, voters crave change above all else.

    Bill Clinton Questions Obama's Experience

  • The critics would acknowledge Shakespeare's gift for phrasemaking, but assail plot twists — e.g., the unlikely pirate attack that sends Hamlet back to Denmark — that keep the play from completely "working."

    Today’s Man

  • This is not a Budget for clever tricks and phrasemaking.

    Let's Pray For No Rabbits

  • Political phrasemaking compounds the error by personalizing the process.

    It Ain't the Economy, Stupid

  • When Abraham Lincoln said that our nation was "conceived in Liberty" he was not simply phrasemaking; our nation was literally "conceived" by Enlightenment ideas that were becoming more and more current, waking up greater and greater numbers of ordinary people, and finally bearing on our own founders, known and unknown, with ever-stronger pressure.

    Naomi Wolf: The Battle Plan

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