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stock phrase

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Philip smiled, for this was one of his uncle's stock phrases.
"The individual, in such cases, is nearly always sacrificed to what is supposed to be the collective interest: people cling to any convention that keeps the family together--protects the children, if there are any," he rambled on, pouring out all the stock phrases that rose to his lips in his intense desire to cover over the ugly reality which her silence seemed to have laid bare.
"The prioritisation and the respect that it's being given as a murder trial is abject and my stock phrase, the phrase I use a lot these days is that anyone associated with this trial should hang their heads in shame because it is a total disrespect for a young girl in the prime of her life who was murdered.
In the joint statement following Tuesday's talks, Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" -- a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.
PREMIER LEAGUE footballers really need a new stock phrase to replace the one which starts with the words: "We need to look after our families"
Martin O'Neill's allconquering sinclair and Dembele are good but not superstars side of 16 years ago, who went on to reach the UEFA Cup Final, is the benchmark, to borrow a stock phrase from the Irishman.
illegal drugs in the past.' But Agent Kotchian had strong evidence, from the April 21, 2014 recording, that the CI used drugs during that meeting and was struggling to stay off drugs, and he knew that the CI was buying a prescription drug 'on the street.' Again, Agent Kotchian's affidavit did not disclose information that the magistrate needed to effectively judge the CI's credibility behind a stock phrase that is literally true, but misleading when given a 'common-sense' interpretation.
The stock phrase, 'Our eyes are windows into our soul,' seemed written with him in mind.
"Keep an eye on that one, and call me if it changes," is as much a stock phrase for dermatologists as "Wear your sunscreen." Yet, how do patients know if a mole changes?
Since time immemorial this stand-by stock phrase has acted as the most potent weapon against child-like insurrection.
With the little superfluous two-word phrase Eagleton sneaks into the sentence--"he spoke English at least as well as Winston Churchill"--he gives the game away, to borrow a stock phrase that turns up twice in the same chapter of How to Read Literature.