as a matter of fact

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Synonyms for as a matter of fact

in reality or actuality

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As a matter of fact, my notion of heading out west on the chance of sight- ing a problematical steamer could not bear calm examination.
As a matter of fact I suppose that Monty is entitled to half the purchase-money you received for the Company.
As a matter of fact, on that evening of Carnival, those two, Mills and Blunt, had been actually looking everywhere for our man.
Well, as a matter of fact,' said Elizabeth, carelessly, 'the water's off again.
As a matter of fact, I'm going down there to-morrow, and I've got to telegraph to my place in any case to tell them when to meet me.