words to that effect


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words to that effect

An intentionally vague phrase used to omit the exact wording of some statement while indicating its general meaning, or the meaning one wants it to convey. A: "Did she flat-out say she was coming to dinner?" B: "Well, words to that effect."
See also: effect, that, word
References in classic literature ?
or words to that effect - and hid my face from the light, in the sofa cushion.
Jane had assured her that it was warranted to produce any number of thrills, or words to that effect, and Anne's fingers tingled to reach out for it.
Pray, my good stork," said I, or German words to that effect, "why don't you stay here altogether, instead of going home and rioting away all you have earned?
Captain Munster will tell you what he said--something about being blowed, or words to that effect.