Created on 24 April 2019
Idiom
Dress After a Fashion
Meaning
To say something was done, but not done very well; in an insufficient manner; sort of.
Origin

Dress After a Fashion

There is no definite origin for this phrase.
In the old French, façon, fachon, fazon, had several meanings including “characteristic, manner”, which came from the Latin factionem, meaning “a making or doing, a preparing”.
The full phrase was used in the 1500s, by Shakespeare in his play, “Julius Caesar”: “Indeed it is a strange-disposed time; / But men may construe things after their fashion” (1.3.33-34), meaning “to a certain extent”.
Examples

She was educated, after a fashion, at home.

We have not met since we left school 15 years ago, but we were friends, after a fashion.

'That's right,' said Malfoy. 'But she said you were just going for a drink, you'd be back ...'
'Well, I certainly did have a drink ... and I came back ... after a fashion,' mumbled Dumbledore.
– J. K. Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, Chapter 27

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