How to create a CQL query using API that searches for an exact phrase

In the UI, if I want to search for the exact phrase “red line”, I just enclose it in quotes.

However, this does not seem to work from the REST API. No matter what I do, I get back all results that have either the word ‘red’ OR ‘line’ … and that’s way too many results.

I’ve tried:

Did you ever get an answer to this, I want to be able to do the same thing using REST Search API - but as you have mentioned, it AND’s all the words by default, and does not do an exact phrase match :frowning: