What does the word phrase mean?

Usage examples for phrase

  1. The phrase knocked at Ishmael's heart. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  2. That was the phrase; he had started practicing it five days before, when he was assigned the command. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  3. The first, a captain in the quartermaster's department, an officer half civil, half military, was considered, in soldier phrase, to be fighting his own battle. – Juana by Honore de Balzac