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phrase spoken
  1. 1
    used for showing that you have expressed something in an unusual way

    Members of Parliament were back in school today, so to speak.

  2. 2
    used when you have just said something that seems to refer to sex because it can have two meanings

    He had trouble keeping it up. So to speak!

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