As this question is phrased, I have to disagree again—with half of it.
Sure, it was phrased passively, and sure, it came at the end of the address.
I could have phrased that less colorfully, but I stand by the sentiment.
“Sure there have been ups and downs in the last quarter century,” is how Zucker phrased some of these setbacks in a goodbye email.
The credibility of that contention would depend on exactly what Wildstein told Christie and how he phrased it.
He would have preferred to "up-stage" her once more, as she had phrased it in her low jargon, but he was cornered.
He would be “on the square” with her—she liked the way he phrased it.
She took care of her "two men" as she phrased it proudly—her husband and her great-bodied son—as if they were helpless children.
He phrased his sentence carefully, as though he were afraid of being trapped.
The thought rose passionately in him, almost the words that phrased it: “I wish I knew her.”
1520s, "manner or style of expression," also "group of words with some unity," from Late Latin phrasis "diction," from Greek phrasis "speech, way of speaking, enunciation, phraseology," from phrazein "to express, tell," from phrazesthai "to consider," from PIE *gwhren- "to think" (see frenetic). The musical sense of "short passage" is from 1789.
"to put into a phrase," 1560s; see phrase (n.). Related: Phrased; phrasing.