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]
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The CDA was passed not in the name of censorship but in the name of protecting children from stumbling across sexual material.
“Gronkowski” itself never manages to sound more erotic than the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yet, for god knows what reason, his name is never brought up in the “Great American Filmmaker” conversation.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A sad-faced orange Star of David flashed across the iPhone screen as we swiped left on “James” (not his real name).
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
In pursuing his alchemical researches, he discovered Prussian blue, and the animal oil which bears his name.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Elyon is the name of an ancient Phœnician god, slain by his son El, no doubt the “first-born of death” in Job xviii.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
"It is ill-fated;" and Alessandro blamed himself for having forgotten her only association with the name.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
"Garnache," came the other's crisp, metallic voice, and the name had a sound as of an oath on his lips.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Children, and the building of a city shall establish a name, but a blameless wife shall be counted above them both.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various