be nothing short of (something)

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be nothing short of (something)

To be exemplary a particular quality. (That quality is then stated after "of.") It's nothing short of astonishing that she got the whole house cleaned in time for her dinner party. I'm surprised we weren't asked to leave the restaurant because the kids' behavior was nothing short of atrocious.
See also: nothing, of, short
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That conservative is nothing short of another liberal in disguise.
And his critique of Diane Sawyer, who later aired a puff piece interview with Jackson and Lisa Marie, is nothing short of devastating.
Ivester has accomplished is nothing short of incredible.
The field is nothing short of spectacular,'' said tournament director Rick Groesch.
When I look at Tacit Networks' momentum over the past two years, from initial customers shipments in January of 2003 to their worldwide install base at the end of 2004, I see growth that is nothing short of phenomenal," said Tony Fusarelli.
The attitude of lawyerly superiority and condescension is something no intelligent person should have to endure and the assumption that one's heart and character can be discerned in this fashion is nothing short of insulting.
Gene's abilities to maintain balance within an organization as it strives to achieve those operational goals that it has set for itself, against the fiscal parameters within which it must operate in order to be successful, is nothing short of remarkable.
Our rate of growth is nothing short of remarkable and our profits speak for themselves.
We are pleased to be ranked among the industry's best the first two years, but three consecutive years of industry-leading growth is nothing short of amazing.