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phrase book

noun
1.
a small book containing everyday phrases and sentences and their equivalents in a foreign language, written especially for travelers.
Origin of phrase book
1585-1595
1585-95
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  • "Easiest thing in the world to get on in a foreign country with a phrase book and your wits," he remarked to himself.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Then there came words, but Guy was busy with his phrase book.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "My luggage," he said firmly, laying one hand upon the pile, and waving the phrase book.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Behold me, then, ambling through Mexico, a Spanish phrase book in my lap and peace in my heart.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Guy turned it up in his phrase book, and found that it meant interpreter.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • With the help of our phrase book, we gathered that they never ate meat and very rarely had fresh fish.

    Norway Beatrix Jungman
  • The young Englishman took off his hat, and produced a phrase book from his pocket.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Since we talk in phrases as well as in words every home needs a phrase book as well as a dictionary.

    Putnam's Phrase Book Edwin Hamlin Carr
  • He waxed eloquent again, but the Englishman was busy with the phrase book.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The gentleman had an open Baedeker in his hand, and the lady carried a phrase book.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for phrase book

phrase book

noun
1.
a book containing frequently used expressions and their equivalents in a foreign language, esp for the use of tourists
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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