Meaning of “as it were” in the English Dictionary

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"as it were" in British English

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as it were

sometimes said after a figurative (= not meaning exactly what it appears to mean) or unusual expression:

If he still refuses we could always apply a little pressure, as it were.

(Definition of “as it were” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)