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a kind of (something)

A replacement or alternative to (the real thing). I had to use the block of wood as a kind of hammer to get the loose nail back into place. Is there anything we can use as a kind of shim to even out these table legs? It was so sunny during the graduation ceremony that I had to use my program as a kind of visor!
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a kind of something

a variety of something that is fairly close to the real thing, even though it is not exactly the real thing. I used a folded newspaper as a kind of hat to keep the rain off. Bill is serving as a kind of helper or assistant on this project.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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