notch below

notch below

Not as good as something else in the same category. Joanne is a good author, but her books are a notch below best-sellers in the same genre.
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notch below (someone or something)

Fig. a little lower in quality than someone or something. I believe that this wine is a notch below the one we had with the fish.
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2 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season,s average.
3 degrees Celsius while the minimum settled a notch below normal at 6.
Sam Winner is a notch below the best staying rookies, but that's reflected in his mark of 147 as he takes his first outing in handicap chase company this afternoon - and there is the promise of much more to come.
In line with RAM s rating approach for Basel III tier-2 securities, the proposed subordinated Sukuk programme is rated 1 notch below the Bank s rating, to reflect the securities subordination in the event of bankruptcy or liquidation.
In line with RAM's rating approach for Basel III tier-2 securities, the proposed subordinated Sukuk programme is rated 1 notch below the Bank's rating, to reflect the securities' subordination in the event of bankruptcy or liquidation.
Despite its new classification, the bank's S&P rating is one notch below the Abu Dhabi sovereign score and that of some other GREs, including wholly state-owned funds Mubadala, International Petroleum Investment Co.
Moody's cut of the rating one notch below investment grade in April was followed by Fitchs cut to three notches above speculative grade (S&P is four notches).
Both banks' Viability Ratings (VR) have been affirmed at 'bbb+', one notch below their IDR.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- In what came as a disappointment for many investors, rating agency Moody's kept Turkey one notch below investment grade in an annual review on Tuesday, saying its external imbalances left it vulnerable to shocks.
Gordon Lord Byron takes a bit of explaining because he has looked a notch below Group 1 class this season, but most of his racing has been done on slow ground and at York last time he couldn't have won any more easily over 7f.
Moody's Investor Service raised Turkey's main credit rating to Ba1 from Ba1 on June 20th, leaving it only one notch below the Baa3 investment grade.
Taipei, May 31, 2012 (CENS)--Taiwan ranks seventh place in global competitiveness ranking, one notch below last year, mainly due to inadequate economic performance, according to 2012 global competitiveness ranking to be published by Switzerland-based IMD on May 31.
We rate the proposed MTN program one notch below our corporate credit rating on TAQA, reflecting our view of the program's likely structural subordination to senior secured debt held by lenders to TAQA's power and water project-financed assets, who are likely to benefit from better recovery prospects.
Fitch Ratings cut Cyprus to BBB on August 10, one notch below its rivals.
Standard & Poor's rates the country an equivalent BB, also with a positive outlook, and Fitch ranks Turkey as BB+, just one notch below investment grade.