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  1. 1
    used for saying that something is slightly different from a particular thing

    It’s not exactly a novel, more an extended short story.

  2. 2
    used for saying that something that someone says is not completely right

    ‘You’re leaving, aren’t you?’ ‘Not exactly, I’m just going on holiday.’

  3. 3
    often humorous used for emphasizing that someone or something does not have a particular quality

    £300,000 for a picture is not exactly cheap.

    She’s not exactly the world’s greatest singer.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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