in a manner of speaking

Definition of in a manner of speaking

  1. —used to say that a statement is true or accurate in a certain way even if it is not literally or completely true His 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.

Word by Word Definitions

mannerplay
  1. :  kind, sort

    :  kinds, sorts

    :  a characteristic or customary mode of acting :  custom

speakingplay
  1. :  that speaks :  capable of speech

    :  that involves talking or giving speeches

    :  highly significant or expressive :  eloquent


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