“That phrasing was very clumsy and poorly expresses my thoughts,” she explained.
And look at how mild her phrasing was: The South “has not always been the friendliest place” for black people.
Under Chinese law, the phrasing is the closest equivalent to "being released on bail."
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.