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I'd like to know what is the real meaning of this expression: Is that so?

In the text where this expression was, There was an ask denied before this phrase

Thanks!

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It usually follows someone's assertion that a particular fact is true or a particular has happened, and it asks "Is that true?" or "Is that the case?" It may be uttered either as a genuine request for confirmation ...

A: I've just found out that Prof. Sartorius is going to be our next department chair.
B: Is that so? That's very interesting; everybody thought Dr. Trench was going to get the job.

... or as a sarcastic or belligerent challenge ...

A: I've just found out that Prof. Sartorius is going to be our next department chair.
B: Is that so?! I've got twenty bucks to a dime says you're full of it.

Since you say the prompt was the denial of a request, it is likely that the second sense was intended:

A: I'm afraid the Committee has decided not to fund your proposal.
B: Is that so? Well, there's lots of corporations out there that would be happy to give me the big bucks.

"Oh, yes/yeah?" has much the same meaning and range of applications.

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  • Thanks so much! As you said I think the author used in a sarcastic way
    – tdmsoares
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 0:47

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