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English definition of “so to speak”

so to speak

C2 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).Figurative use of language
(Definition of so to speak from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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