I must say

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I must say (not comparable)

  1. A term of asseveration.
    • 1844, Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby, etc (page 265)
      I must say, I was very happy when I met Mr. Coningsby again at Cambridge,” said Lady Wallinger. “It gave me much greater pleasure than seeing any of the colleges.”

Usage notes[edit]

  • It is usually set off from the rest of the sentence by commas.