not in so many words

not in so many words phrase
used for saying that someone says something in a very indirect way

‘Did he say he was unhappy?’ ‘Not in so many words.’

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • (not) in so many words — (not) in so/as many ˈwords idiom (not) in exactly the same words as sb says were used • ‘Did she say she was sorry?’ ‘Not in so many words.’ • He didn t approve of the plan and said so in as many words. Main entry: ↑word …   Useful english dictionary

  • (not) in as many words — (not) in so/as many ˈwords idiom (not) in exactly the same words as sb says were used • ‘Did she say she was sorry?’ ‘Not in so many words.’ • He didn t approve of the plan and said so in as many words. Main entry: ↑word …   Useful english dictionary

  • not in so many words — used for saying that someone says something in a very indirect way Did he say he was unhappy? Not in so many words …   English dictionary

  • in so many words — phrasal 1. : in exactly those terms implied that such actions were criminal but did not say so in so many words 2. : in plain forthright language in so many words, she wasn t fit to be seen Jean Stafford * * * in so many words 1. Ex …   Useful english dictionary

  • in so many words — {adv. phr.} 1. In those exact words. * /He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words./ 2. or[in no uncertain terms] In an outspoken way; plainly; directly. * /I told him in so many words that he was crazy./ * /Bob …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in so many words — {adv. phr.} 1. In those exact words. * /He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words./ 2. or[in no uncertain terms] In an outspoken way; plainly; directly. * /I told him in so many words that he was crazy./ * /Bob …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in so many words — directly or in a way that makes it very clear what you mean. Did he say we could stay with him? Well, not in so many words, but that s definitely what he meant. (usually negative) He told me, in so many words, to mind my own business …   New idioms dictionary

  • in\ so\ many\ words — adv. phr. 1. In those exact words. He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words. 2. • in no uncertain terms In an outspoken way; plainly; directly. I told him in so many words that he was crazy. Bob was very late… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in so many words — phrasal 1. in exactly those terms < implied that such actions were criminal but did not say so in so many words > 2. in plain forthright language < in so many words, she wasn t fit to be seen Jean Stafford > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • many — / meni/ quantifier 1 (used especially in formal English, or in ordinary written or spoken English when in questions and negative sentences) a large number of people or things: many people/things/places etc: Many people find this kind of movie… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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