in so many words

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.


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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

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  • 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

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

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

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