Definition of to put it mildly (or putting it mildly) in US English:

to put it mildly (or putting it mildly)


  • Used to imply that the reality is more extreme, usually worse.

    ‘the proposals were, to put it mildly, unpopular’
    • ‘That particular part of the story has been, to put it mildly, well-covered.’
    • ‘But the PM's handling of this has been a little awkward, to put it mildly.’
    • ‘The difference that makes is considerable, to put it mildly.’
    • ‘These are, to put it mildly, extremely limited measures, if not worse.’
    • ‘His musical career has been uneven, to put it mildly.’
    to put it mildly, putting it mildly, without any exaggeration, at the very least, as an understatement
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