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in inverted commas

Used to indicate that something one just said is untruthful, ironic, or disingenuous. ("Inverted commas" is another term for quotation marks, chiefly used in British English.) We were "taught," inverted commas, by the teaching assistant, but we did most of our learning independently.
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in inverted commas

BRITISH, SPOKEN
COMMON If you say in inverted commas after or before a word or phrase, you are drawing attention to the word, and showing that it is not an accurate way to describe the situation you are referring to. So, in what sense do you see the students as disadvantaged, in inverted commas? I think that the assumptions of some people were that we would take democratic decisions, well, democratic in inverted commas. Compare with quote, unquote.
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has become DSM's (Delft, The Netherlands) exclusive North American distributor for Maxinvert (invertase), which hydrolyzes sucrose into glucose and fructose, thereby eliminating the need to add invert sugar or other humectants to food product formulations.
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With this pithy turn of phrase, poet Torquato Neto put forth two of the Brazilian movement's most provocative claims: first, that it provided an ideological alternative to defensive nationalisms, both Left and Right, in late-'60s Brazil; and second, that this alternative was constructed on an aesthetics of punning and resignification, a revaluing of words and positions, a flipping of public platforms into playgrounds that would invert the so-called predicament of Brazil's tropical malaise into a vibrant cultural legacy called Tropicalia.
a puzzle challenging Fermat's last theorem, to "Inverting a Triangle," which asks the reader to calculate the minimum number of coins that must be shifted to invert a triangle of 10 pennies.
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I could not have contended for the win without the invert.
companies to invert and reduced the tax benefits of doing so by eliminating techniques used by inverted companies to access overseas earnings without paying U.