One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to introduce a stronger alternative or addition to something already said.‘it is easy to become sensitive, not to say paranoid’
- ‘In the United States each system had its determined, not to say bigoted, supporters.’
- ‘Were anyone to make such claims nowadays, they would be treated with considerable reserve, not to say great scepticism.’
- ‘That is a very common term, is it not, Mr Garling , not to say almost universal.’
- ‘Emma is content, not to say downright pleased with herself.’
- ‘This kind of thinking seems totally wrong, not to say idiotic.’
- ‘It seems very uncomfortable , not to say distressing.’
- ‘Indeed, that trade improves welfare is practically a truism, not to say an article of faith.’
- ‘Both these features seem to be reflected , not to say magnified, by Kierkegaard's own account of the moral point of view.’
- ‘Writing a history for this Photograph is obviously a crucial, not to say daunting, task.’
- ‘This was a stroke of extraordinary boldness, not to say foolhardiness.’
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