as it were

as if it were really so (Freq. 4)

she lives here, as it were

Syn: ↑so to speak

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SO TO SPEAK, in a manner of speaking, to some extent, so to say; informal sort of.

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: as if it were so : in a manner of speaking

her triumph, as it were, did not last long

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as it were
1. So to speak
2. In a kind of way
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as it were phrase
used for making a description sound less definite or less exact

Mandela became, as it were, the father of the nation.

Thesaurus: ways of describing something in a general waysynonym
Main entry: as

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in a way (used to be less precise)

areas that have been, as it were, pushed aside

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as it were
— used to say that a statement is true or accurate in a certain way even if it is not literally or completely true

His retirement was, as it were [=so to speak], the beginning of his real career.

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as it ˈwere idiom
used when a speaker is giving his or her own impression of a situation or expressing sth in a particular way

Teachers must put the brakes on, as it were, when they notice students looking puzzled.

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