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
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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

  • Never was so much owed by so many to so few — World War II poster containing the famous lines by Winston Churchill Never was so much owed by so many to so few was a wartime speech made by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on 20 August 1940. The name stems from the specific line in …   Wikipedia

  • in no uncertain terms — See: IN SO MANY WORDS(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in no uncertain terms — See: IN SO MANY WORDS(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • words of one syllable — {n. phr.} Language that makes the meaning very clear; simple, or frank language. Usually used after in . * /Mary explained the job to Ann in words of one syllable so that she would be sure to understand./ * /Some people say that John is cute and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • words of one syllable — {n. phr.} Language that makes the meaning very clear; simple, or frank language. Usually used after in . * /Mary explained the job to Ann in words of one syllable so that she would be sure to understand./ * /Some people say that John is cute and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • many — See: GOOD MANY or GREAT MANY, IN SO MANY WORDS, SO MANY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • many — See: GOOD MANY or GREAT MANY, IN SO MANY WORDS, SO MANY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • so — See: AND SO FORTH or AND SO ON, EVEN SO, EVERY NOW AND THEN or EVERY SO OFTEN, HOW SO, IN SO MANY WORDS, IS THAT SO, OR SO, THUS AND SO …   Dictionary of American idioms

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