that is


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that is

In other words; or, to clarify or explain more clearly. No, I have never met him—not formally, that is. I'll be there this afternoon. That is, after about four o'clock or so. Yep, we planned to drive together. That is, if you still want to go.
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that is

Also, that is to say. To explain more clearly, in other words, as in It's on the first floor, that is, at street level, or We're coming next month, that is to say, in November. [Early 1600s] Also see under that's.
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that is (to say)


1 in other words: I’m between jobs at the moment; that’s to say unemployed.It cost him a week’s wages, that is, €300.
2 used to give more information or to correct what has already been said: She’s a housewife — when she’s not teaching English, that is.Let him explain it — if he can, that is.Nobody wants to do it. Nobody except me, that is.
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that is

To explain more clearly; in other words: on the first floor, that is, the floor at street level.
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References in classic literature ?
He 'ave assured the angry American woman that I go at once.
I have sent for you to ask that my pocket-book, dressing-case, and clothes be at once restored to me, and that I be provided with the means of continuing my journey without a moment's further delay.
If you think that by killing men you can prevent some one from censuring your evil lives, you are mistaken; that is not a way of escape which is either possible or honourable; the easiest and the noblest way is not to be disabling others, but to be improving yourselves.
She glanced at me, but, seeing that I was in an irritable, sarcastic mood, changed the subject.
It is more and more plain to me that I am being made the subject of an experiment, in which Sir James and the physician are equally interested.
No one is to know anything about it until I have grown so strong that I can walk and run like any other boy.
That is the wonderful thing about it, but I am afraid you don't understand the poetry of life.
Yet I believe that I am right in assuming that for the moment London is the headquarters of your friends, and that Lucille is here?
Would you then shut the books and exchange places with this thing that is only an appetite and a desire, a marionette of the belly and the loins?
Of course, I can't explain who it is precisely that I am mortifying in this case by my spite: I am perfectly well aware that I cannot "pay out" the doctors by not consulting them; I know better than anyone that by all this I am only injuring myself and no one else.
Everything is ruined--my reputation, my self-respect, all that I have in the world
You would have been less amiable in my eyes had there NOT been this little unwillingness; but allow me to assure you, that I have your respected mother's permission for this address.
Larkins's instead); wishing that a fire would burst out; that the assembled crowd would stand appalled; that I, dashing through them with a ladder, might rear it against her window, save her in my arms, go back for something she had left behind, and perish in the flames.
You must know, senor, that I am called the bachelor Samson Carrasco.
Shall you think I am horribly greedy," she asked, "if I say that I should like something to eat?