in a manner of speaking

idiom

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.

Examples of in a manner of speaking in a Sentence

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