Meaning of “so to speak” in the English Dictionary

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"so to speak" in British English

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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).

(Definition of “so to speak” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"so to speak" in American English

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so to speak

this is one way to say it:

I am a writer, so to speak.
Note: Used to suggest that some people may not think this is a good way to say something.

(Definition of “so to speak” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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