how so?

how so? (archaic)
How can this be so?, why?
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Main Entry:how

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how so?/how’s that?/spoken phrase
used for asking someone to explain the reason for the statement they have just made

‘If the dam is built, a lot of people will suffer.’ ‘How so?’

Thesaurus: ways of asking questions and making requestshyponym to ask a question or questionssynonym
Main entry: how

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how can you show that that is so?

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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