in so many words

[in so many words] {adv. phr.} 1. In those exact words.

Hehinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so manywords.

2. or [in no uncertain terms] In an outspoken way; plainly;directly.

I told him in so many words that he was crazy.

Bobwas very late for their date, and Mary told Bob in no uncertain termswhat she thought of him.

Compare: WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE.