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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," in 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.
See also: comma

in inverted ˈcommas

(spoken) used to show that you think a particular word, description, etc. is not true or appropriate: The manager showed us to our ‘luxury apartment’, in inverted commas.
Inverted commas are another name for quotation marks (‘ ’) or (“ ”).
See also: comma
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But this is exactly the case in Figure 2, which is therefore unreachable by any sequence of paint and invert operations.
Run a long, sharp knife around edge of cake and invert it onto a serving platter.
Cool pudding 1 hour, then run a sharp knife around top edge of pudding to loosen from mold and invert onto a serving platter.
Invert, allowing caramel to run down sides and onto platter.
Circuits can invert any sound and fold it back on itself, greatly attenuating, if not silencing, the original sound.
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.
Here each glyph is shown above its upside-down version, and every letter inverts into a valid letter with the exception of "c".
When the yield curve flattens, banks have less of an incentive to lend, and when it inverts, all incentive to lend goes out the window.
The Sukup Cross-Over system inverts grain in two-unit, vertically stacked dryers as it moves from the upper to lower unit to improve grain quality and maintain consistent moisture content.
In some cases, buckling, leaks and inverts will have occurred in the existing pipe, requiring repair prior to spin casting.