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Словосочетания со словами as it were

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as it were
As it might be said to be; as if it really were; seemingly. Used with a statement that might seem silly or unreasonable, to show that it is just a way of saying it.
In many ways children live, as it were, in a different world from adults.
The sunlight on the icy branches made, as it were, delicate lacy cobwebs from tree to tree.
Compare:so to speak