in inverted commas

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
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One of the reasons Dikheads took offence was because 'a former president of the Republic referred to the elections of the Turkish Cypriots' without placing the word elections in inverted commas.
We will get married because we don't want our relationship to exist in inverted commas.
We are either told that "independence" (invariably in inverted commas) will be so similar in practice to the status quo as to be quite literally pointless, or else that "separation" (rarely in inverted commas even though it ought to be) will constitute a terrifying, earth-shattering change.
He must have known that, he must have intended to be seen in the context of having had the courage to do what he did and to assault this - I put it in inverted commas - 'wicked newspaper owner'," he added.
That's why, in inverted commas, inviting a criminal proves how open-minded Turkey is," he said.
IN YOUR recent article by local government correspondent Neil Elkes, the Jewellery Quarter Investment "safe", I notice that the word "safe" was in inverted commas.
I put "protected" in inverted commas because it appears that when it suits the council, the site becomes green field, brown field, protected or not protected etc.
My least favourite show is anything to do with Bodyshock - The Man with a Giant Tumour, or a doctor, in inverted commas, who can tell you how to get your kid to lose weight.
Stall ten could be seen as lucky in inverted commas," she said.
On July 7 I became a Muslim MP who was 'responsible', in inverted commas, for the four suicide bombers, who was a spokesman for two million British Muslims.
Supporters are suddenly inviting us - in inverted commas - to repeat the feat
Mr Wallace's wife Julie, who is helped by son William, 13, said: "It is freedom in inverted commas for both of us.
I have put 'catalogue' in inverted commas, because although the Behlings claim it to be nothing more, its quality, in terms of image and the pedigree of its contributors make it more like an exhibition in its own right.
and a gloss or glosses in inverted commas (with a question mark if uncertain; in cases of sheer ignorance, a question mark takes the place of a gloss).
Granted, the funny suits and homosexual caprice came first; but these days one cannot help suspecting a willie (or a fanny) of being an ironic quotation, so it's important to know how genitalia in inverted commas are to be distinguished from the real thing.