in name only


in name only
   without copulation
   Used of a marriage, especially where the parties have continued to live with each other:
    My husband was... in name only. (Ludlum, 1979)

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  • in name only — adverb by title or repute though not in fact he s a doctor in name only • Syn: ↑in name * * * in name only phrase something that exists in name only has an official name, but has none of the qualities that you think of when you hear that name… …   Useful english dictionary

  • In Name Only — Infobox Film | name = In Name Only caption = director = John Cromwell producer = George Haight writer = Bessie Breuer (novel) Richard Sherman (screenplay) starring = Cary Grant Carole Lombard Kay Francis music = Roy Webb cinematography = J. Roy… …   Wikipedia

  • in name only — something that exists in name only has an official name, but has none of the qualities that you think of when you hear that name Theirs was a marriage in name only …   English dictionary

  • in name only — index nominal, purported, quasi Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • in name only — having a particular title without the power or duties that are a part of it. He was my father in name only – I never saw him while I was growing up …   New idioms dictionary

  • in name only — Synonyms and related words: alleged, apparently, artificially, avowed, byname, claimed, cognominal, diminutive, epithetic, erroneously, factitiously, falsely, formal, honorific, hypocoristic, hypocritical, nominal, nominally, nominative,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • In Name Only —    Voir L Autre2 …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • Republican In Name Only — RINO redirects here. For other uses, see Rino. Republican In Name Only, is a pejorative term that refers to a member of the Republican Party of the United States whose political views or actions are considered insufficiently conservative or… …   Wikipedia

  • Democrat In Name Only — DINO redirects here. For other uses, see Dino. Democrat In Name Only, or DINO in acronym form, is a disparaging term for a member of the United States Democratic Party. A DINO is considered to be more conservative (fiscally and/or socially) than… …   Wikipedia

  • Democrat In Name only — Le terme Democrat In Name Only (DINO) désigne au sein du Parti démocrate américain les élus soupçonnés de conservatisme fiscal ou social. Il a tendance à remplacer les anciens termes devenus péjoratifs de Southern Democrat ou Dixiecrat quand des… …   Wikipédia en Français


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