so to speak


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so to speak

as one might say; said a certain way, even though the words are not exactly accurate. John helps me with my taxes. He's my accountant, so to speak. I just love my little poodle. she's my baby, so to speak.
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so to speak

Phrased like this, in a manner of speaking, as in He was, so to speak, the head of the family, although he was only related by marriage to most of the family members . This term originally meant "in the vernacular" or "lower-class language" and was used as an aristocrat's apology for stooping to such use. [Early 1800s] Also see as it were.
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so to speak

used to highlight the fact that you are describing something in an unusual or metaphorical way.
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ˌso to ˈspeak

(also ˌas it ˈwere) used to emphasize that you are expressing something in an unusual or amusing way: They were all very similar. All cut from the same cloth, so to speak.Night fell and the city became, as it were, a different place entirely.
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so to speak

Used to call attention to a choice of words, and especially to the metaphoric or expressive nature of a word or phrase: can't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.
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