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Stock phrase

A stock phrase is a spoken phrase which has little or no actual meaning of its own; it carries meaning only through custom or context.

Typical stock phrases are:

Certain stock phrases originate from TV, films, video games, and computer worms, and soon become a part of popular culture. Examples include "Where's the Beef," "Everybody wang chung tonight", "All your base are belong to us", or "Hacked By Chinese".

To learn the meaning of a given stock phrase, consult a dictionary, such as the Wiktionary.

Similar to a stock phrase are catch phrase, slang, idiom, and jargon.