so to speak


used to indicate that one is using words in an unusual or figurative way rather than a literal way
We need to be all on the same wavelength, so to speak.

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Recent Examples on the Web Heart Berries will continue to grow, so to speak, for as long as the earth is around. Morgan Talty, Peoplemag, 3 June 2024 So skeptics may chortle at do-gooder liberals’ NIMBY uproar as being hoisted on their own petards, so to speak. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 19 May 2024 On how plants communicate with each other The primary way plants communicate with each other is through a language, so to speak, of chemical gasses. ... Tonya Mosley, NPR, 6 May 2024 Chair Powell also put his money where his mouth is, so to speak, and decided to hold interest rates steady at a range between 5.25% and 5.5% on Wednesday, despite the recent rise in inflation. Will Daniel, Fortune, 1 May 2024 Such old-style trickery is, so to speak, nothing new; for some self-regarding auteurs, twiddling with aspect ratios has become a formalist signature. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 Kansas senior center Hunter Dickinson, who dislocated his right shoulder two weeks ago yet was able to play in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, shouldered the blame, so to speak, after the Jayhawks’ 89-68 second-round NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional loss to Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at Delta Center. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 23 Mar. 2024 So that one bit isn’t going to tell you how to put the qubit, so to speak, on the globe at some definite latitude and longitude. Quanta Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 Related Stories In the intervening years, however, Gad found his voice, so to speak. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024

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“So to speak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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