The credibility of that contention would depend on exactly what Wildstein told Christie and how he phrased it.
Sure, it was phrased passively, and sure, it came at the end of the address.
“Sure there have been ups and downs in the last quarter century,” is how Zucker phrased some of these setbacks in a goodbye email.
I could have phrased that less colorfully, but I stand by the sentiment.
phrased more bluntly, lying around and eating too much messes up your body.
He would have preferred to "up-stage" her once more, as she had phrased it in her low jargon, but he was cornered.
She shrewdly suspected some "bit of trickery," as she 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.
So much for her secrets with him, none of which really required to be phrased.
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.