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strictly speaking

In the most literal or precise sense. Strictly speaking, we're not supposed to use the lab after hours, but there's really no way to avoid it.
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strictly ˈspeaking

if you are using words or rules in their exact or correct sense: Strictly speaking, nobody under 18 can join this club, but as you are nearly 18...Strictly speaking, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable.
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This newcomers' event has been won by some very high-class performers in the past and Strictly Speaking has shown enough at home to suggest he can hold his own in what looks another interesting race.
Speaking at the G7 summit in France, Johnson insisted that the PS39bn divorce settlement would be "no longer strictly speaking owed" if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
Strictly speaking, they're nowhere near the level of fame this show used to attract - but then I suppose divorce is a costly business so perhaps it's just not worth the risk these days.
Is this furore over us buying meat from America a ploy by the EU or our farmers to protect trade, which strictly speaking is a restraint of trade?
"Simply and strictly speaking, these are rules of the democratic process," writes Maleski.
She's started beheading people - OK, strictly speaking, mice - she was glued to the coverage of Harry and Meghan's wedding, and she demands to be waited on hand and foot.
Construction company Sir Robert McAlpine is to refurbish the famous clocktower, officially called the Elizabeth Tower (strictly speaking, Big Ben is the nickname of one of the bells inside).
He recounts the life and times of Sultan Saladin (strictly speaking a Kurd not an Arab) who is still considered one of the greatest leaders of all time.
Strictly speaking, My Fat Dad is a memoir that incorporates recipes and food insights with autobiography, but its connections between family and food are so closely presented that fans of culinary reads will welcome it as a lively saga filled with insights on growing up in a food-oriented household.
While Watson is, strictly speaking, correct in noting that you can buy a modern brass astrolabe on eBay or Amazon for about $200 or a plastic one for $75, these are small and often minimally useful.
Strictly speaking I should vote Conservative given I belong to the richest one per cent of the population through backing all my tips.
First time I've been strictly speaking too tall for a role" Actor Rob Brydon.
That's a pity because it makes him look ungracious in the face of an apology which, strictly speaking, needn't have been made.
If the unemployed work, strictly speaking, they are not unemployed.