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Expressions used when repeating your own or someone else 's words - synonyms or related words

I hear/I’ve heard

used for saying what someone has told you, rather than what you know is true

(the) word is that

used for telling someone what other people have said about something

rumour/word/legend has it that

used for showing that you are reporting something that you have heard when you are not sure whether it is really true

by the sound of it/things

used for saying that you are basing your ideas, opinions etc on what you have heard or read

I have it on good authority (that)

used for saying that your information comes from someone you trust


if someone saysquote’ before a word or phrase, they are showing that they are repeating someone’s words exactly, and they often sayunquote’ at the end

to coin a phrase

used when you realize that something you have said is a very well-known phrase or expression

from what I hear/from what I’ve heard

used for giving information based on what people have told you rather than on what you know is true

like I say/said

used when you are saying something again that you have already said



used for reporting the last thing that someone says


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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