as much as
All this he let pass, with perfect equinimity, as much as to say that it was all regular and true to form.
What does "as much as to say" mean here?
Re: as much as
It's equal to "like saying ..." "as if he had said ..."
Originally Posted by khay
Here's pretty graphic example that helps display the use:
"It was only a question of months, he said, before the Germans would be completely defeated, and then it would be all up with him, and at this point he made a gesture that froze my blood, putting his hand up to his neck, as much as to say that the Russians would cut his throat." — Alberto Moravia
The gesture of pretending to cut his throat had the same meaning as it would if he had spoken the words instead.
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