Manner of speaking
Definition of in a manner of speaking. used to say that a statement is true or accurate in a certain way even if it is not literally or completely true. His retirement was, in a manner of speaking, the beginning of his real career. After the storm destroyed their house, they were, in a manner of speaking, lost at sea.
Manners are something used every day to make a good impression on others and to feel good about oneself. ... Being polite and courteous means considering how others are feeling. If you practice good manners, you are showing those around you that you are considerate of their feelings and respectful.