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English definition of “not so much sth as sth”

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not so much sth as sth

If you say that something is not so much one thing as something else, you mean it is more the second thing: They're not so much lovers as friends. I don't feel angry so much as sad.
Translations of “not so much sth as sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 與其說是…還不如說是……
in Chinese (Simplified) 与其说是…还不如说是……
(Definition of not so much sth as sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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