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so-called

adjective [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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