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in inverted commas

  (British & Australian)
something that you say when a phrase you are using to describe something is the phrase that people usually use but it does not really show the truth
Usage notes: Inverted commas are a pair of printed marks put at the beginning and end of a word or phrase to show that someone else has written or said it.
They were the kind of well-meaning people that wanted to 'do good' in inverted commas.
See also: comma


n. a pedantic person; a pedantic copy editor. When you need a proofreader, you need a comma-counter.