in name only


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 only
For many years, the Emperor ruled in name only.

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“In name only.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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