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so to speak

This page is about the conversational phrase so to speak

Meaning

You can add this after you've said something in an unusual, amusing or idiomatic way.

For example

  • "What do you think of politicians?"
    "They're all the same - all birds of a feather, so to speak."

  • "How was your date?" said Anna.
    "Great!" said Jessica. "He was a man of many talents, so to speak."

Quick Quiz

Someone might say "so to speak" after they've said

a. "I'm really full."

b. "I'm as hungry as a horse."

c. "I've just eaten."
a) "I'm really full." b) "I'm as hungry as a horse." c) "I've just eaten."

Contributor: Matt Errey