in name only

idiom

used to describe a person, thing, or action that does not have the qualities that its name suggests
She's my boss in name only. We're really more like partners.a friend in name onlyFor many years, the Emperor ruled in name only.

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“In name only.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20name%20only. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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