in a manner of speaking

in a manner of speaking
spoken
used for saying that something is generally correct, but not exactly

"So are you retired now?" "In a manner of speaking, yes. But I still do some work."


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  • manner of speaking — n. The characteristic style or manner that a person uses to express himself orally. Syn: delivery. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manner of speaking — index parlance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • manner of speaking — noun your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally his manner of speaking was quite abrupt her speech was barren of southernisms I detected a slight accent in his speech • Syn: ↑speech, ↑delivery • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

  • in a manner of speaking — phrasal see in a manner * * * in a manner of speaking spoken phrase used for saying that something is generally correct, but not exactly ‘So are you retired now?’ ‘In a manner of speaking, yes. But I still do some work.’ Thesaurus: inexact and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • in a manner of speaking — this is one way to say it. “We should go south.” “So that means I should turn left?” “In a manner of speaking, yes.” She was, in a manner of speaking, not at her best – in fact, she was exhausted and had the flu. Usage notes: sometimes used to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • in a manner of speaking — ► in a manner of speaking in some sense. Main Entry: ↑manner …   English terms dictionary

  • manner of speaking — Synonyms and related words: adjectival phrase, affectation, asiaticism, clause, command of language, construction, device, euphuism, exaggeration, expression, expression of ideas, fashion, feeling for words, figurative language, figurativeness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • manner of speaking — method of speaking, method of expression …   English contemporary dictionary

  • in a manner of speaking — in some sense; so to speak. → manner …   English new terms dictionary

  • manner — ► NOUN 1) a way in which something is done or happens. 2) a person s outward bearing or way of behaving towards others. 3) (manners) polite social behaviour. 4) a style in literature or art. 5) literary a kind or sort. ● …   English terms dictionary

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