as it were

as it were
phrasal as if it were so ; in a manner of speaking

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  • as it were — {adv. phr.} As it might be said to be; as if it really were; seemingly. Used with a statement that might seem silly or unreasonable, to show that it is just a way of saying it. * /In many ways children live, as it were, in a different world from… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • as it were — {adv. phr.} As it might be said to be; as if it really were; seemingly. Used with a statement that might seem silly or unreasonable, to show that it is just a way of saying it. * /In many ways children live, as it were, in a different world from… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • As it were — as as ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa, AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf. G. als as, than, also so, then. See {Also}.] 1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • As It Happens — Genre Newsmaker interviews Running time 90 min. weekdays, 6:30 8:00 P.M. Country Canada …   Wikipedia

  • If it were not for — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • such as it is — Just as it appears or is presented, not being any better or worse than most others of its kind; being average or mediocre. * /This pie, such as it is, is the best I can make./ * /Jane told her grandmother her grades, such as they were./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • such as it is — Just as it appears or is presented, not being any better or worse than most others of its kind; being average or mediocre. * /This pie, such as it is, is the best I can make./ * /Jane told her grandmother her grades, such as they were./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • as — ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa, AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf. G. als as, than, also so, then. See {Also}.] 1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • As as — ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa, AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf. G. als as, than, also so, then. See {Also}.] 1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • As far as — as as ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa, AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf. G. als as, than, also so, then. See {Also}.] 1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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