as it were

[as it were] {adv. phr.} As it might be said to be; as if it really were; seemingly.

- Used with a statement that might seem silly or unreasonable, to show that it is just a way of saying it.

In many ways children live, as it were, in a different world from adults.

The sun light on the icy branches made, as it were, delicate lacy cobwebs from tree to tree.

Compare: SO TO SPEAK.