so to speak
- In a manner of speaking.
1876, Mark Twain, chapter 4, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
- Then Tom girded up his loins, so to speak, and went to work.
1902, Joseph Conrad, Youth:
- This could have occurred nowhere but in England, where men and sea interpenetrate, so to speak.
1903, O. Henry, “A Cosmopolitan in a Cafe”, in The Four Million:
- He took the great, round world in his hand, so to speak, familiarly, contemptuously, and it seemed no larger than the seed of a Maraschino cherry in a table d'hôte grape fruit.
in a manner of speaking