Meaning of “not so much sth as sth” in the English Dictionary

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"not so much sth as sth" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “not so much sth as sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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