after a fashion

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - after a fashion

"after a fashion"

to some degree but not very well;

almost but not completely


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - after a fashion

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your weekend away?

Friend 2:  It was great to take a break from all the family responsibilities.

Friend 1:  And did your husband manage to take care of the household OK?

Friend 2After a fashion.

Friend 1:  What do you mean?

Friend 2:  Well, all the whites in the laundry are pink, the garbage disposal is clogged and I think the kids are sick of take out pizza.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - after a fashion

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Did you have a nice Mother's Day?

Friend 2:  It was wonderful. The boys made me a cake.

Friend 1:  And did the cake turn out OK?

Friend 2After a fashion.

after a fashion - Usage:


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after a fashion - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for after a fashion.

after a fashion - Examples:

1)  Illustrates after a fashion that the ordering system isn't exactly 100% if it's rounding up on the ...

2)  ... introduced errors into rights databases and although the system is faulty it works after a fashion.

3)  ... tried using bungees to fix it on top of the rack which worked after a fashion, but you had to get them pretty tight to hold it firmly in place ...

4)  ... is done to try to attract mates/males, well, it might work after a fashion. But the more discerning mate will see through the outward and visible signs and ...

5)  So far, however, muddling through has worked, after a fashion, as it often does. Things are bad, but in most European countries ...

6)  ... idea of devolved power does the rounds often enough and is doubtless appealing after a fashion. However funding remains an issue.

7)  ... can't say that Lucy was a changed girl after that, but after a fashion, and with no other option, she cooperated with the new regime.

8)  McDonald, wrote an illuminating blog about how the 11+ exam had survived after a fashion in the province despite being officially abolished by the education minister.

9)  ... although this never occurred in practice. The system had worked (after a fashion) because the Transport Commission had put forward comparatively few closure proposals, ...

10)  ... because he didn't really like vegetables. Now he likes vegetables. After a fashion. "As long as they're fried," he explains matter of factly.

11)  Society still exists after a fashion. The city is governed yet no one stays in power for very long.

12)  ... the warmth from the fire allows you to melt ice and snow, after a fashion. It's good enough for now to prevent dehydration. 

13)  I did survive, after a fashion, but I'm one of the many people who are subtly damaged.

14)  The internalization of the two catastrophic limits of capitalism worked, after a fashion. Yet equilibrium proved elusive.

15)  ... no alternative but to submit, for he was afraid of her, after a fashion. In this ill-assorted match he was only apparently the master. 

16)  In the street it was usually possible to talk, after a fashion. As they drifted down the crowded pavements, not quite abreast and ...

17)  ... and it is possible that the camera still worked after a fashion, but the action of the film advance lever would probably have been noticeably rough ...

18)  All of mine sit, after a fashion. It's better than jumping up and taking a visitor's eye out.

19)  ... big man and a convicted felon, and that he did resist arrest after a fashion, it is difficult to see how any jury could have deemed the gratuitous violence ...

20)  Almost ten years, two kids, we get by after a fashion, but sometimes it's like ships that pass in the night.