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I am trying to send Google a search query with several units, some containing more than one word, separated by the boolean operator OR. Usually I'd write: (Oneword, Two words, Something containing four words, anotheroneword, word). However, Google doesn't seem to understand that.

OR or | do work, however the operation is obviously only performed on the words to each side of the operator, making it useless for multiple word queries.

I also tried "First Query" OR "Second Query" yet that seems to bring the exact same results as simply searching for First Query.

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Google does not support this. – Daniel Beck Oct 4 '11 at 11:59
Your last statement with "First Query" OR "Second Query" seemingly returning the same results as "First Query", this could be just that "First Query" is a better match, with "Second Query" coming lower down the results. If I search for "cat definition" OR "dog definition", (something possibly equally likely), results from both phrases are returned on the first page of results. – jontyc Jan 16 '13 at 23:33

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Extracted from Google's search tips, you can enclose your individual search queries with square brackets and separating them with a OR or | operator.

["Apple Pie"] OR ["Stack Exchange"] OR [Programming]

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The square brackets are not required in the search terms; the Google help will just use square brackets [ ] to denote queries. Also, according to Google, OR must be all caps. Otherwise, this is the right answer. – Dan Cruz Oct 4 '11 at 12:24
Oops, you're right. Misread on my part. – Jin Oct 4 '11 at 12:28
Quoting terms makes them phrases. The OP wants: (A AND B) OR (C AND D), not "A B" OR "C D" – jontyc Jan 16 '13 at 23:24

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