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You sayin a manner of speaking to indicate that what you have just said is true, but not absolutely or exactly true. [vagueness] ⇒ An attorney is your employee, in a manner of speaking. ⇒ 'You said she was a poor widow lady!'—'In a manner of speaking she is,' Alison said.
Example sentences containing 'in a manner of speaking'
Nonetheless, since Abasio's momma had also been Orphan's momma, in a manner of speaking , he mightalmost be her brother.Tepper, Sheri S. A PLAGUE OF ANGELSTheir first child was born a few months prematurely, in a manner of speaking , but it worked out all right.MacLeod, Charlotte SOMETHING IN THE WATERSo since it was a day out, in a manner of speaking , we indulged ourselves a little.Barnard, Robert THE DISPOSAL OF THE LIVINGGilbert McClure is the man she shares a house with, in a manner of speaking.Kingsolver, Barbara HOMELAND AND OTHER STORIES