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English translation: more symbolically than in reality

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16:48 Feb 1, 2009
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
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English term or phrase: more by token
You get its translation into Vietnamese, Russian, German, etc, but to English and Portuguese I found no explanation anywhere. Could somebody please come up with its definition, then an example in the way of a striking piece of evidence that it is actually so?
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English translation:more symbolically than in reality
Explanation:
For the time being, I am presuming that this is what your text will mean.

A few examples for you, although, as you will see, the usage of the expression is not exactly as you have it - not to my surprise.

"Whilst the amount of this payment appears more of a token than true compensation for. the amount of work involved, we do not believe the Council would wish ..." www.elmbridge.gov.uk/Elmbridge Borough Council/Finance/Memb...

" Our staff at the Centre started initially as volunteer staff and their remuneration was more of a token than salaries." www.stapleynet.org/Light/html/agm_report_2005.htm

"I mentioned feeling unbriefed, disconnected, more of a token than a real contributor." www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1450740/My-day-with-the-ent...

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"more by token"- no dictionary shows its meaning!!!
more symbolically than in reality


Explanation:
For the time being, I am presuming that this is what your text will mean.

A few examples for you, although, as you will see, the usage of the expression is not exactly as you have it - not to my surprise.

"Whilst the amount of this payment appears more of a token than true compensation for. the amount of work involved, we do not believe the Council would wish ..." www.elmbridge.gov.uk/Elmbridge Borough Council/Finance/Memb...

" Our staff at the Centre started initially as volunteer staff and their remuneration was more of a token than salaries." www.stapleynet.org/Light/html/agm_report_2005.htm

"I mentioned feeling unbriefed, disconnected, more of a token than a real contributor." www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1450740/My-day-with-the-ent...

Waiting for more contextual confirmation (or not!)...


Noni Gilbert
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ken Cox: 'more by token' sounds like idiosyncratic usage (in the absence of further context...), and surely the asker should realise that no dictionary can describe all possible forms of usage, especially uncommon usage
10 mins
  -> Thanks Ken. Exactly!

agree  Kristina Thorne
1 hr
  -> And again, thank you Kristina.
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Feb 1, 2009 - Changes made by Steffen Walter:
Term asked\"More by token\"- No dictionary shows its meaning!!! » more by token


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