or words to that effect


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or words to that effect

Or some such wording that has the same general meaning. She said she could go out with me when she had more time this summer, or words to that effect, anyway. All the document says is that you agree not to share any information you glean during your time with us, or words to that effect.
See also: effect, that, word

or words to that effect

Fig. or similar words meaning the same thing. John: It says right here in the contract, "You are expected to attend without fail," or words to that effect. Mary: That means I have to be there, huh? John: You got it! Sally: She said that I wasn't doing my job well, or words to that effect. Jane: Well, you ought to find out exactly what she means. Sally: I'm afraid I know.
See also: effect, that, word