in name

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in name

  1. Nominally, not essentially.
    He is a friend in name only.
    • 1990 Summer, Hoyt, E., “Wild relatives”, Wilderness, volume 53, number 189, page 45: 
      Ethnobotanist Gary P. Nabhan of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix made a painful pilgrimage to see Texas wild-rice for his 1989 book, Enduring Seeds. He called it a surviving species in name more than in behavior.


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