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strictly speaking

This page is about the collocation strictly speaking

collocation pattern: adverb + verb

Meaning

according to a strict definition of a meaning or a regulation

For example

  • Strictly speaking, tomatoes and green peppers aren't vegetables. They're fruits.

  • I shouldn't be giving you more painkillers, strictly speaking, but I can see you need them.

Quick Quiz

Strictly speaking, a dolphin

a. obeys strict commands

b. is a very intelligent fish

c. is a marine mammal

Contributor: Matt Errey