1. One, such as a speechwriter, who composes memorable or effective phrases.
2. One who makes attractive but often meaningless phrases.

phrase′mak′ing n.


1. someone who coins impressive or clever phrases
2. someone who uses appealing phrases, but which are more often than not meaningless
Also called: phraser or phrasemonger


(ˈfreɪzˌmeɪ kər)

1. a person skilled in coining well-turned phrases.
2. a person who makes catchy but often meaningless or empty statements.
phrase′mak`ing, n.
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