One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as an understatement (implying the reality is more extreme, usually worse)‘his performance was disappointing to say the least’
to put it mildly, putting it mildly, without any exaggeration, at the very least, as an understatementView synonyms
- ‘The sentence is a bit weird to say the least.’
- ‘But on reflection, we find such stories to be outlandish, to say the least of it.’
- ‘The style is simple and easy, the reasoning logical and sound, and the author's grasp on the profoundest teaching of the Bible is, to say the least of it, unusual and refreshing.’
- ‘Besides, the interest which her question had undoubtedly aroused amongst the bystanders was, to say the least of it, embarrassing.’
- ‘‘It was hit and miss - some stuff was inspired, and some was droppable, to say the least,’ says the source.’
- ‘‘The timing is awkward to say the least, which makes me think it'll get resolved,’ he says.’
- ‘The attitude of other large bodies in Ireland was, to say the least of it, critical and suspicious.’
- ‘It is, to say the least of it, a welcome refuge from your landlady's ornamental flower-vases.’
- ‘Yes; the combination is frank, to say the least of it.’
- ‘I just thought it seemed a very unfriendly, to say the least of it, way of doing things.’
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