as it were
Seemingly, in a way, as in He was living in a dream world, as it were. A shortening of “as if it were so,” this idiom has been in use since Chaucer's time (he had it in his Nun's Priest's Tale, c. 1386). Also see so to speak.
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Over the years, Crawford has been largely silent, speaking out only for an as-told-to obituary to Houston published in Esquire.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He made an easy target, the know-it-all liberal egghead who demeaned the wisdom of the American people.
On her own path, though, the “relationship know-it-all” is embracing her own, different natural progression.
In her Twitter profile bio, writer Liz Tuccillo calls herself a “relationship know-it-all.”
The Lennon Wall in Admiralty is a mosaic of Post-It notes, each square a scribbled wish.
They got all kinds of tony things–tomatoes and cucumbers and as-paragrass, and them little toadstool things.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
The "Pay-as-You-Go" system has reflected favorably on the state's financial reputation.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
I was "strung up" to a high degree of expectation and listened every moment to hear the panpipes and the Roo-too-too-it.A Thin Ghost and Others|M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
He was crotchetty and impracticable, a man of rash judgment and hasty action-as brave and as tenacious as a bulldog.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Ang mag-una mauy mupikat sa mga tag-as sagbut, The one in front has to push the tall grass to the sides.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff