A phrase is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function.

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There's a good fellow [Phrase]

I would like to learn more about the meaning of the phrase: There's a good fellow. All that I know is that it is used for praising or encouraging a child or an animal. Is it right?
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Alternate Phrase for “contact us”

I need another way to say "contact us" for a form I am building.
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Meaning of “put it down”

What does "put it down" mean in Brandy's song? I tried googling it, but all I got was the song's lyrics.
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conceived of as vs. conceived as

When I want to write that some something has been "taken to mean" or "understood" or "interpreted as" XYZ, I sometimes use the phrase "to conceive of something as XYZ, where XYZ usually is a longer ...
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Does a phrase exist that one uses to another person who is about to sneeze?

"Bless you" or "God bless you" are commonly used after a sneeze but does one exist (or was one once commonly used but no longer) when a person is obviously about to sneeze?
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what is the formal way to say “a bit”

I want to ask a word problem. What is the formal way to say "a bit" in an essay, for example, in the sentence "It is a bit different from..." Is "a little" formal enough? Thanks a lot!!
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Question about “put not your”

An exercise asked me to rearrange the sentence, "Put your money not in trust," such that there is no ambiguity to its meaning. At first glance I thought that "Put not your trust in money" sounded ...
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how to say “etc” in a subject

I am translating some legal certificate and I need to indicate that a construction method and related factors are in accordance with a law. I am not sure what is the appropriate way to describe ...
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What type of phrase is 'not quite'?

I'd like to to know what type of phrase 'not quite' is. My English Language teacher says it is a mitigated adverbial phrase, but I have no idea. I'm pretty sure it is not mitigated, but partly ...
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meaning of “mugging away ?”

What is the meaning of "mugging away ?" Can anyone help me with this ? I know mugging merely means attack on someone in public places to steal something . But what is the meaning when it become ...
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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Does using the phrase “operational state” imply that the referenced “thing” is inanimate?

Can it also be used while referring to animate "things"?
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Collocations origin

Learning collocations we were told stories of their origin. For example, 'baker's dozen' origins from the fact that bakers used to take profit for each 13th product they sold. Could you please suggest ...
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Which phrase shall I choose, “take part in the project of or process of”?

Although it was compelled to enter the modern world by the Western countries, now China is taking part in the project of modernization more actively and has completed many great achievements in the ...