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"so-called" in British English

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so-calledadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌsəʊˈkɔːld/ us   /ˌsoʊˈkɑːld/
B2 used to show that you think a word that is used to describe someone or something is not suitable or not correct: It was one of his so-called friends who supplied him with the drugs that killed him.
B2 used to introduce a new word or phrase that is not yet known by many people: It isn't yet clear how dangerous these so-called "super-rats" are.

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"so-called" in American English

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so-calledadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈsoʊˈkɔld/
named or called in a particular way: Married taxpayers are hit hard by the so-called marriage penalty.
People or things that are so-called may not fit their name: These so-called experts don’t know anything.
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