not be the word for it

be not the word for it

Of a word or phrase, to not fully or adequately describe something. Angry? Angry isn't the word for it—I'm blinded with rage! Sad isn't the word for what they've done: it's disgusting.
See also: not, word

not be the ˈword for it

used to say that a word or an expression does not describe something fully or strongly enough: Unkind isn’t the word for it! I’ve never seen anyone treat an animal so cruelly!
See also: not, word