in a manner of speaking

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Definition of in a manner of speaking

used to say that a statement is true or accurate in a certain way even if it is not literally or completely trueHis retirement was, in a manner of speaking, the beginning of his real career.After the storm destroyed their house, they were, in a manner of speaking, lost at sea.

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“In a manner of speaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20a%20manner%20of%20speaking. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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