after a fashion


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after a fashion

1. In a sufficient but rudimentary or unimpressive manner. I can ride a motorcycle, after a fashion. I wouldn't ride one on a busy highway, though. I can write, after a fashion, but my sister is a genius—she far outshines me with the written word.
2. In an inadequate or incomplete way. Tom fixed the car, after a fashion, so it's running again but still makes that terrible noise.
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after a fashion

in a manner that is just barely adequate; poorly. He thanked me—after a fashion—for my help. Oh, yes, I can swim, after a fashion.
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after a fashion

Also, after a sort. Somehow or other; not very well, as in John can read music, after a fashion, or He managed to paint the house after a sort. The first phrase, in which fashion means "a manner of doing something," has been so used since the mid-1800s, when it replaced in a fashion. The variant dates from the mid-1500s. Also see in a way; (somehow) or other.
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after a fashion

1. If something happens or is done after a fashion, it happens or is done, but not very well. She was educated, after a fashion, by a governess at home. It all works after a fashion, possibly better than it should.
2. If something is true after a fashion, it is mostly true, but not entirely true. We were friends, after a fashion.
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after a fashion

to a certain extent but not perfectly or satisfactorily.
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after a ˈfashion

to some extent but not very well: ‘Can you skate?’ ‘Yes, after a fashion.’‘Have you mended the TV?’ ‘Yes, after a fashion.’
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