generally speaking

used for showing that what you are saying is usually true, but not in every instance

Generally speaking, pet owners are law-abiding citizens.

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Main entry: speak

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ˈgenerally, ˈbroadly, ˈroughly, ˈrelatively, etc. speaking idiom
used to show that what you are saying is true in a general, etc. way

Generally speaking, the more you pay, the more you get.

There are, broadly speaking, two ways of doing this.

Personally speaking, I've always preferred Italian food.

Main entry:speakidiom

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