- a small book containing everyday phrases and sentences and their equivalents in a foreign language, written especially for travelers.
Origin of phrase book
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for phrase book
But he secured a phrase-book and a grammar, and paid for them in hard labor.What You Can Do With Your Will Power
Russell H. Conwell
By the help of my Chinese phrase-book I gave them all particulars, and a few more.An Australian in China
George Ernest Morrison
Then he spoke, but it was not in the words of the phrase-book.
I explained as well as I could, with the help of a phrase-book, that we wanted a horse and stolkjrre as quickly as possible.Norway
When she had finished, he took the phrase-book from her, with a look almost affectionate.A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- a book containing frequently used expressions and their equivalents in a foreign language, esp for the use of tourists
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