- (idiomatic) Emphasizes the following, or sometimes preceding, word or phrase for irony, as used almost exclusively in spoken language. In written language, quotation marks would be used instead.
- Maybe you should ask your quote unquote friend what happened to the money.
Emphasize the following word or phrase for irony
- Used in spoken language to delimit a quotation in the same function as quotation marks.
- (spoken) Adam Smith claimed that a capitalist is, quote, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention, unquote.