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  • adv. In a manner of speaking.

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  • adv. in a manner of speaking
  • adv. as if it were really so


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  • She was plotting and politicking for dear life then, and I was her Wednesday afternoon football match and brandy-and-cigar in the evening, so to speak — and her week-end picnic.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • They all seem to have fallen in love with her, so to speak the young English girls as much as the impressionable art-critic: and the new human interest in her Alpine tragedy relieved, as such interests do, the painfulness of the circumstances through which they had been passing.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • His face was so to speak hammer-wrought by other men’s fists.

    Maigret at the Crossroads

  • Thus was inculcated so to speak a bodily holiness.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • And so to speak strangers in the place, though she 'ave said she'd do her best to get a place in a nice fam'ly. for one of my girls.

    Little Miss Peggy: Only a Nursery Story

  • She usually saw this church floating in the air; but it is noteworthy that in all the feasts having so to speak a blood-relationship with Jesus Christ or with the mysteries of His life, she saw this church not floating in the air but appearing as the crown of a pillar or of a stern thrusting itself up like a flower or fruit growing out of the earth.

    The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • And, say, Miss Partido, though I know it's an affront to the Virgin Mary to be mixin" business with pleasure, pleasure is my business-the extension o" pleasure, indefinitely, eternally-and my immortal soul is warmed by the loveliness o" you, you're a sight for sore eyes, so to speak "- he trapped his shamrock patch with his empty snifter -" and I deserve to be chained by night in a church basement without company o" cassette player if I am not man enough to ask you for the teeniest, slightest brush of oral-muscular affection.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • It was nothing new for Inspector Maigret to have people crashing in like this — out of the blue, so to speak — into his life, and monopolizing it for days, weeks, or even months on end; only to relapse once more into the common herd of nondescripts.

    Death of a Harbormaster

  • It was a dilemma for me: I had no desire to antagonise Gul Shah, but I could not afford to refuse Sher Afzul's hospitality, so to speak — also the hospitality was very warm and naked, and was lying across my lap, gasping still from the exertion of her dance, and causing me considerable excitement.


  • Nothing could be deduced from the most minute reconstruction of the facts, except that the find by the two carters from Dizy was so to speak impossible.

    Maigret meets a Milord


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