in other words

Idioms & Phrases

in other words

Putting it differently, usually more simply or explicitly. For example, The weather was terrible, the plane took off several hours after the scheduled time, and then fog prevented their landingin other words, they never got to the wedding at all. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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