After a fashion
Fashion Fash"ion, n. [OE. fasoun, facioun, shape, manner, F. facon, orig., a making, fr. L. factio a making, fr. facere to make. See {Fact}, {Feat}, and cf. {Faction}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The make or form of anything; the style, shape, appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; as, the fashion of the ark, of a coat, of a house, of an altar, etc.; workmanship; execution. [1913 Webster]

The fashion of his countenance was altered. --Luke ix. 29. [1913 Webster]

I do not like the fashion of your garments. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior, etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing, ride, etc., in the fashion. [1913 Webster]

The innocent diversions in fashion. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

As now existing, fashion is a form of social regulation analogous to constitutional government as a form of political regulation. --H. Spencer. [1913 Webster]

3. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position; good breeding; as, men of fashion. [1913 Webster]

4. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort; way. ``After his sour fashion.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{After a fashion}, to a certain extent; of a sort; sort of.

{Fashion piece} (Naut.), one of the timbers which terminate the transom, and define the shape of the stern.

{Fashion plate}, a pictorial design showing the prevailing style or a new style of dress. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • after a fashion — {adv. phr.} Not very well or properly; poorly. * /He played tennis after a fashion./ * /The roof kept the rain out after a fashion./ Compare: IN A WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • after a fashion — {adv. phr.} Not very well or properly; poorly. * /He played tennis after a fashion./ * /The roof kept the rain out after a fashion./ Compare: IN A WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • after a fashion — ► after a fashion to a certain extent but not perfectly. Main Entry: ↑fashion …   English terms dictionary

  • after a fashion — adverb to some extent; not very well (Freq. 1) he speaks French after a fashion * * * TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, in a way, somehow (or other), in a manner of speaking, in its way. → fashion * * * I. adverb : in …   Useful english dictionary

  • after a fashion — 1. if you do something after a fashion, you manage to do it although not very well. I can paint after a fashion, but I m certainly not as good as you. 2. almost, but not completely. A vegetarian diet is much healthier. That s true after a fashion …   New idioms dictionary

  • after\ a\ fashion — adv. phr. Not very well or properly; poorly. He played tennis after a fashion. The roof kept the rain out after a fashion. Compare: in a way …   Словарь американских идиом

  • after a fashion — the arrangement worked after a fashion Syn: to a certain extent, in a way, somehow, somehow or other, in a manner of speaking, in its way …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • after a fashion — phrasal in an approximate or rough way < became an artist after a fashion > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • after a fashion — not very well or effectively Things continued working after a fashion …   English dictionary

  • after a fashion — Synonyms and related words: appreciably, at any rate, at best, at least, at most, at the least, at the most, at the outside, at worst, by some means, comparatively, detectably, fairly, in a manner, in a way, in part, in some measure, in some way …   Moby Thesaurus

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