in name only

Also, only in name. Nominally, not actually. For example, He's the chief executive in name only; his vice-president makes all the decisions, or Theirs was a marriage only in name; they lived on different continents. [Late 1300s]


Nearby words

  1. in medias res,
  2. in mem.,
  3. in memoriam,
  4. in memory of,
  5. in mind,
  6. in no case,
  7. in no time,
  8. in no uncertain terms,
  9. in nomine,
  10. in nothing flat

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