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That's putting it mildly

That is an understatement. That's saying it without any exaggeration. A: "Gosh, it is downright balmy out!" B: "That's putting it mildly! I feel like I'm melting!" The new manager is a bit of a hothead—and that's putting it mildly!
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to put it mildly

To underemphasize or downplay something. This phrase is typically used without conjugating the infinitive "to put." A: "Oh, it was just a rain storm." B: "Yeah, to put it mildly. It was more like a hurricane!"
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to put it mildly

 and put it mildly
to understate something; to say something politely. (Note the variation in the examples.) She was angry at almost everyone—to put it mildly. To say she was angry is putting it mildly. To put it mildly, she was enraged.
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put it mildly

Understate, say without exaggeration, as in It's a fairly long way to walk, to put it mildly-twenty miles or so. [First half of 1900s]
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put it ˈmildly

used for showing that you could have said something much stronger or more critical, etc: He was annoyed, to put it mildly (= he was very angry).‘She said you didn’t like it.’ ‘That’s putting it mildly — it’s hideous!’
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1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 strongly agree 16% 10% 29% 41% 19% mildly agree 12% 12% 10% 8% 15% mildly disagree 22% 26% 19% 15% 18% strongly disagree 45% 48% 39% 32% 42% don't know/refused 5% 5% 3% 3% 7%
And some, to put it mildly, were concerned: "It clearly suffers from 'Designer Interruptus,' the Latin term for when a designer is given too much leeway.
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Yet humanity's memory of the statues is, to put it mildly, mixed.