to the effect that


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to the effect that

Of or having the general meaning that. I didn't catch the whole meeting, but I heard something to the effect that we would begin receiving yearly bonuses again this year. Analysts' reactions to the president's speech have largely been to the effect that he focuses far too little on the economy and far too much on foreign policy.
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to the effect that

With the general meaning that: He said something to the effect that he was sorry.
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References in classic literature ?
Poyser had a joke against him after the wedding dinner, to the effect that in the vestry he had given the bride one more kiss than was necessary.
He said he was being forced to write into the regulation a statement to the effect that EPA thought it was all right for children to have "funky' teeth.