in so many words

in so many words  {adv. phr.}
1. In those exact words.
He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words.
In an outspoken way; plainly; directly.
I told him in so many words that he was crazy.
Bob was very late for their date, and Mary told Bob in no uncertain terms what she thought of him.
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