Careful Words

phrase (n.)

phrase (v.)

  "Convey," the wise it call. "Steal!" foh! a fico for the phrase!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merry Wives of Windsor. Act i. Sc. 3.

Choice word and measured phrase above the reach

Of ordinary men.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): Resolution and Independence. Stanza 14.

Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors,

My very noble and approv'd good masters,

That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter,

It is most true; true, I have married her:

The very head and front of my offending

Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my speech,

And little bless'd with the soft phrase of peace:

For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith,

Till now some nine moons wasted, they have used

Their dearest action in the tented field,

And little of this great world can I speak,

More than pertains to feats of broil and battle,

And therefore little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver

Of my whole course of love.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act i. Sc. 3.

For I am proverb'd with a grandsire phrase.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 4.

  The phrase would be more german to the matter, if we could carry cannon by our sides.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 2.