in so many words
phrasal 1. in exactly those terms <
implied that such actions were criminal but did not say so in so many words
>
2. in plain forthright language <
in so many words, she wasn't fit to be seen — Jean Stafford
>

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  • in so many words — {adv. phr.} 1. In those exact words. * /He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words./ 2. or[in no uncertain terms] In an outspoken way; plainly; directly. * /I told him in so many words that he was crazy./ * /Bob …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in so many words — {adv. phr.} 1. In those exact words. * /He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words./ 2. or[in no uncertain terms] In an outspoken way; plainly; directly. * /I told him in so many words that he was crazy./ * /Bob …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in so many words — This phrase may be used to mean approximately or more or less . I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed so many words to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • in so many words — ► in so many words precisely in the way mentioned. Main Entry: ↑word …   English terms dictionary

  • in so many words — phrasal 1. : in exactly those terms implied that such actions were criminal but did not say so in so many words 2. : in plain forthright language in so many words, she wasn t fit to be seen Jean Stafford * * * in so many words 1. Ex …   Useful english dictionary

  • in\ so\ many\ words — adv. phr. 1. In those exact words. He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words. 2. • in no uncertain terms In an outspoken way; plainly; directly. I told him in so many words that he was crazy. Bob was very late… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in so many words — directly or in a way that makes it very clear what you mean. Did he say we could stay with him? Well, not in so many words, but that s definitely what he meant. (usually negative) He told me, in so many words, to mind my own business …   New idioms dictionary

  • in so many words — adverb Verbatim; using exactly the given words. In so many words, he asked me to give him the answers to the test …   Wiktionary

  • in so many words — idi in unequivocal terms; explicitly: She told them in so many words to get out[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • in so many words — literally, precisely …   English contemporary dictionary

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