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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