what does "He as good as called" mean in the sentence ‘He as good as called me a slob!’ ‘Well, if the cap fits

  • "He may as well have called me a slob." – Adam Nov 25 '16 at 15:03

"as good as" is a way to indicate a circumlocution, or a way to say that you're very close to the indicated state.

I can call someone fat, dirty, sloppy, and ungroomed. I didn't technically call that person a slob, but I as good as called them a slob.

Or I can say "That operating system is as good as dead", meaning that it's almost dead.

  • In short " as good as" = "close to" or "almost like" ? – EngFan Nov 25 '16 at 14:27
  • "close to" or "almost". Not "almost like" – John Feltz Nov 25 '16 at 15:11

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