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English definition of “in so many words”

in so many words

directly, or in a way that makes it very clear what you mean: "Did he say he was unhappy with Anna?" "Well, not in so many words but that was certainly the impression I got." I told her, in so many words, to stop interfering.
(Definition of in so many words from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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