more like

more like (something)

Something is closer to reality; something is a more accurate description. Sometimes used humorously or ironically. A: "When we lived in the city, we were in a tiny one-room apartment." B: "More like a broom closet with a bed, really." And so I was thinking—more like daydreaming, really—how I would quit my job and open a bakery.
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more ˈlike (it)

1 better; more satisfactory: This is more like it! Fresh vegetables — not that canned rubbish.Turn the music up louder! That’s more like it!
2 used to give what you think is a better description of something: ‘How many people were there — about 40?’ ‘No, more like 20.’Just talking? Arguing more like it.
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References in classic literature ?
Tom, you couldn't told it more like if you'd 'a' seen it!
'ud look more like what used to be, to stay at the mill than to go anywhere else; and if you'll only think--if you was to bid for the mill and buy it, my husband might be struck worse than he was before, and niver get better again as he's getting now."
Surely it was a much more conventional humanist text, more like Erasmus's Lucianic Praise of Folly (Moria), dedicated to More himself in 1509.
Utopia declares its subject to be the optimo reipublico statu, but it frequently returns to animals and to ways (either through textual tropes, philosophy, or fancy) in which they may seem to be more like humans.
The greatest breakthrough, however, came when the public first heard Alistair's chirpy pop number Bring It On - which now seems more like a statement of intent.
"Imperial Teen is more like four people who like each other playing music."
With an objective more like that of Erasmus in The Praise of Folly than like Machiavelli's, he was committed to giving form to humanist values in the interest of social reformation and religious renewal.