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as in: during the first phase Define
a period of time or a stage during the development of something
  • It is a planned community that will be built in 5 phases.
  • We finished the first phase of the project.

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  • I remember the portrait of him up in Gatsby’s bedroom, a gray, florid man with a hard, empty face — the pioneer debauchee, who during one phase of American life brought back to the Eastern seaboard the savage violence of the frontier brothel and saloon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • That was either a phase or a ploy to get attention and drive Cindy crazy.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • It was sharply different from the West, where an evening was hurried from phase to phase toward its close, in a continually disappointed anticipation or else in sheer nervous dread of the moment itself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It was sharply different from the West, where an evening was hurried from phase to phase toward its close, in a continually disappointed anticipation or else in sheer nervous dread of the moment itself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Maybe we all think we’re gay at one point or another? That’s how I rationalized it for so long. ... it’s like I wanted so badly for it to be a phase and I convinced myself that if I made it one, then it was one.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
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as in: she's going through a phase Define
a period of time when someone exhibits unusual behavior -- most commonly said of a young person who is going through a stage such as a girl who doesn't want different types of food to touch on her plate
  • When I was three, I went through a phase when I had an imaginary friend.
  • When I was young, I went through a phase where I was deathly afraid of the dark.
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as in: phase the change in next year Define
make a change gradually (... in =gradually added; ... out = gradually removed or stopped)
  • The increase in electricity rates will be phased in over the next two years.
  • The total increase in the minimum wage will be phased in over the next three years.

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  • Use of the old chemical will be phased out over the next five years.
  • Even Sam couldn’t have phased on the fly like that.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • —why, it wasn’t even phased.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The first night the banging hail on the tin roof phased in and out of my consciousness.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • For almost a year as the SR-71 was being phased out, I had signed paperwork swearing to absolute secrecy about my involvement with the Stealth program, even though the aircraft had already been revealed to the public.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • His taste buds seemed to have phased into the shadow world permanently.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Twenty years ago, Dad’s first act as king was to dissolve the castes, and the old system had been phased out slowly over my lifetime.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "My husband always did call his electronic gadgets ’bricks’ when they got phased out."
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • The Army was phasing out the green and the white uniforms in favor of the blue.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Nobody saw Cotter until the vendor appeared, black rays phasing from his hands.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Instead, a farcaster essentially is just a crude hole ripped in space/time by a phased singularity.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • When we stop phasing for a solid length of time, we age again.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Wolverine, the company that makes Hush Puppies, was thinking of phasing out the shoes that made them famous.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Phasing was very easy when I was centered like this.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • In an open letter to the government, we called for the dismissal of Magnus Malan, the minister of defense, and Adriaan Vlok, the minister of law and order; the banning of the carrying of traditional weapons in public; the phasing out of the migrant-worker hostels, where so many Inkatha members lived in the townships around Johannesburg; the dismantling of secret government counterinsurgency units; and the appointment of an independent commission to probe complaints of misconduct on the…
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The first time it happened — the first time he phased — he thought he’d gone insane.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • They haven’t phased back, Seth said.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Someone’s phasing?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • They got phased out, all right.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I wasn’t phasing back until Leah was asleep.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I’m going to have to talk to him, and I want to be positive there isn’t anything else going on while I’m phased.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I was only about a mile from where I’d left my clothes, so I phased back to human and walked.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She phased to her human form and—
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "He phased in front of Charlie," Edward hissed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • And then I phased.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • You know, being phased out.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I wished I’d noticed her earlier, before Jacob had phased.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • If Jacob phased with Seth so close… "C’mon, Jake.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "Lemme see… I phased back and got dressed, and then after he started breathing again, I said something like, ’Charlie, you don’t live in the world you thought you lived in.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
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  • It still haunts me, and induces a sort of home-feeling with the past, which I scarcely claim in reference to the present phase of the town.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’What new phase of his character is this?’ exclaimed Mrs. Linton, in amazement.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • The phases of Boldwood’s life were ordinary enough, but his was not an ordinary nature.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • To say that he is excited is nothing: all his moods are phases of excitement.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • At this moment the Roman decadent phase of panem et circenses is being inaugurated under our eyes.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Well, when pap’s full, you might take and belt him over the head with a church and you couldn’t phase him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • ’Does our friend eke out his modest income with a crossing? or has he his Nebuchadnezzar phases?’ he inquired.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • I’m just going through a phase right now.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Phase two begins shortly.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • I finally told Daddy that I love "him" more than I do Mother, to which he replied that it was just a passing phase, but I don’t think so.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Shortly after this he lapsed into a violent phase that went on for several weeks.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • "You are now entering a most important phase of your magical education!" she told them, her eyes glinting dangerously behind her square spectacles.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • It was on this phase of the proceedings that Miss Bart entered on the afternoon of her return from the Van Osburgh wedding.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • To be more precise, because of the behavior of the system in phase space.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • And each one had marked, as it were, the inauguration of a new phase in her life.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Then, after Mahtob was tucked in and asleep, I instituted the next phase of my plan.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Something happened a year ago that altered my whole life, and I want to forget every phase in my existence up to that time.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Chapter VI THE MACHINE AND THE MAIDEN: A KNIGHT OF TO-DAY At the flat that evening Carrie felt a new phase of its atmosphere.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • THE INTERIOR OF DESPAIR successive phases, which natures of a certain stamp can alone traverse,—reasoning, will, perseverance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This was the third phase of his ascent.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But it might be only a phase, as Richard said, such as all girls go through.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Too many parents ignore this phase of a child’s development.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Phases of her childhood lurked in her aspect still.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "The conclusions of this phase are irrefutable," cried the lecturer.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Working as lab partners, we had to separate the slides of onion root tip cells into the phases of mitosis they represented and label them accordingly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Each second when the safe phase and the temporal phase coincided, the rack pulsed with a brilliant glow.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • We need to regroup, come up with Phase Two.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • They’re still in the glowy phase.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Rina said these phases were normal, even documented.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • "I told you," I said to Rina, "my mother’s going through some kind of weird adapting phase."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Her parents, of course, were none too pleased, and hoped Peyton’s new-found rebellion was a just a phase that would end when she and Aaron broke up.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • This was right after everything happened, and I was in a silent phase.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • At twelve he was in that awkward phase when Easter break when school let out for a week.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • My wife seemed to find nothing unusual in this, dismissing it as a phase typical of young girls, but then again, Anna still talked to her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • We used to think it was just a phase and that she’d eventually grow out of it, but she never had.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Elle had never quite got over her Goth phase.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • On May 1,2003, President Bush announced the military phase of the war was over.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • And then noting his glumness, Hortense came over, executing a phase of the "Grizzly" as she did so.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Marcos’s heroic resurrection made everyone forget about his barrel-organ phase.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The first phase was the work of Nature, the second probably of civilization.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • What a low phase of life!
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Seen in the various phases of his daily life, he gave the idea of being perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I had recovered from my hysterical phase by this time and answered his hail, as he approached, bravely enough.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • This was just the way it was in his day, when some operation went into a critical phase and they had to work around the clock.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Sunrises, sunsets, phases of the moon.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Probably try to make me angry, or even hurt me—somehow force me to phase so that Sam could lay down a new law.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It was during these final phases of training, in July of 1944, that a distinguished visitor began to make himself visible at Pendleton.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Yet I also thought she did remember who I was and that old consciousness was not lost but in a phase of a turntable that turned too slowly.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Your association with us has entered a new phase—overnight our guest has become a comrade.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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