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strictly speaking

In the most literal or precise sense. Strictly speaking, we're not supposed to use the lab after hours, but there's really no way to avoid it.
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strictly ˈspeaking

if you are using words or rules in their exact or correct sense: Strictly speaking, nobody under 18 can join this club, but as you are nearly 18...Strictly speaking, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable.
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Strictly speaking, in Western dance, the classical period refers to the second half of the nineteenth century when such works a, Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Nut-cracker e created in Russia.
Finally, because prior authorization only evaluates medical necessity, it is not, strictly speaking, a legal promise to pay.
There's no question that targets or limits, strictly speaking, violate the code of free trade.
Strictly speaking, only carrying charges capitalized.
Strictly speaking it is not a tax at all but the Government argues changes will help cut the PS23bn annual bill for housing benefit, free up more living space for overcrowded families, and encourage people to get jobs.
Asked by his lawyer if it was an affair, he replied: "I imagine it could be described as that, strictly speaking.
Hancock has discovered that you can buy the official Pudsey beanie hats for pounds 3, although they are not, strictly speaking, designed for use by dogs.
Ok it's not a club strictly speaking but if you like dance beats you won't want to miss it.
The shows are a part of the rural scene that remains hugely popular despite the fact that we are not, strictly speaking, any longer an agrarian society.
Strictly speaking, deflation implies an appreciation of the Franc, with falling prices boosting the currency's purchasing power.
Equally, I am always confused as to whether Strictly Come Dancing is, strictly speaking, dancing at all.
She had strong links with Coventry but strictly speaking, was a famous "Nuneaton" novelist.
However, if the goods are what you ordered and of satisfactory quality you are, strictly speaking, committed to paying the balance and cannot change your mind, so allowing you to inspect the furniture in the shop will not be to anyone's advantage.
Strictly speaking, I suppose Oh Ga Ra (O'Gara) and Oh Driz Call (O'Driscoll), heard just a couple weeks ago on French television, are Irish.