in a manner of speaking

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 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

manner play
  1. : kind, sort

  2. : kinds, sorts

  3. : a characteristic or customary mode of acting : custom

speaking play
  1. : that speaks : capable of speech

  2. : having a population that speaks a specified language

  3. : that involves talking or giving speeches


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