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    #1

    So to speak

    Could you please tell me what the idiom "so to speak" means? And in what situation I can use it?
    Also please write down one or some examples in which this idiom is used.

    Thanks so much.
    H


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    #2

    Re: So to speak

    so to speak
    óused to indicate that you are using words in an unusual or figurative way rather than a literal way
    ▪ We need to be all on the same wavelength, so to speak.


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    #3

    Re: So to speak

    so to speak
    used to explain that what you are saying is not to be understood exactly as stated:
    In that relationship it's very much Lorna who wears the trousers, so to speak (= Lorna makes all the important decisions).


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    #4

    Re: So to speak

    so to speak

    used when you are saying something in words that do not have their usual meaning:
    We have to pull down the barriers, so to speak, of poverty.


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