quote, unquote

quote unquote

1. Used to report something said verbatim by someone else. (Used almost exclusively in speech, as the phrase represents a set of quotation marks.) The president said that he, quote unquote, didn't like the way the reporter looked in that dress.
2. Used to indicate that something one just said is untruthful, ironic, or disingenuous. We were, quote unquote, taught by the teaching assistant, but we did most of our learning independently. The, quote unquote, healthy option in this restaurant is a salad filled with bacon and smothered in creamy salad dressing.
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quote, unquote

a parenthetical expression said before a word or short phrase indicating that the word or phrase would be in quotation marks if used in writing. So I said to her, quote, unquote, it's time we had a little talk.
See also: unquote

quote, unquote

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

quote, end quote

mainly AMERICAN
COMMON You say quote, unquote to show that a word or phrase you have just used is something that someone else has said. Even though I'm this big, huge superstar quote unquote, I have family problems too. A spokesman said quote, `a certain number', unquote of the men lost their lives that day. The book was given to several school libraries, and in every case a vice principal of the particular school took the book out and then reported it, quote, `lost', end quote. Note: This expression is often used to show that you do not think that the thing said is accurate or true. Compare with in inverted commas.
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quote, unquote

phr. a parenthetical expression said before a word or short phrase indicating that the word or phrase would be in quotation marks if used in writing. So I said to her, quote, unquote, it’s time we had a little talk.
See also: unquote
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You should always have a quote, unquote, equal measure of punishment.
Sounds kind of hokey, but I really do want to do it--put one in every SEC town and then I could possibly put something down in the Virgin Islands for a quote, unquote home office.
I would also add that the fact we are noncontroversial allows our magazine to reach a broad depth of readers rather than if quote, unquote, we were politically diverse.
1, they played a tough schedule - quote, unquote - all year long, and apparently we don't," Child said.
I think our quote, unquote campaign is to play well and to prepare great.
They're either the dictator, my way or highway, or a quote, unquote player's coach, trying to be friends.
Quote, unquote Sharapova, when asked if she heard a crying baby during her second-round match with Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday night, said:
Answer: I think there are plenty of other places I could have went and kind of had the quote, unquote, guaranteed spot.
A lot of people use that against us in recruiting, but if you look at the past several drafts, not only at quarterback, but offensive line and basically across the board, the quote, unquote, spread offense has been represented in the draft.
It's always nice to come home, and obviously I'm familiar with UCLA and the team and Drake Stadium, but it's nice to feel confident and comfortable coming back there with my quote, unquote new team.
It's an alternative to being - quote, unquote - a transient.
It's "so they can't be denied because they aren't - quote, unquote - family," said Greg Rikhoff, city senior management analyst.
I think the quote, unquote, illegal motor was a hindrance to us," McGhee said.
I think players who have gone through that tend to be better coaches because we can deal with the ups and downs of the game, whereas some of the players like the quote, unquote stars, can't deal with the mediocrity or things not working completely right.