put it mildly

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]
See also: mildly, put
References in classic literature ?
To say that I was distracted with terror would be to put it mildly.
For it seemed obvious to me from what I had learned that, to put it mildly, he was not an impulsive person.
I judged that the second officer--a callow youth with an unpromising face--was not, to put it mildly, of that invaluable stuff from which a commander's right hand is made.
To say we rioted through the house is to put it mildly.
He may live to a ripe old age but, to put it mildly, Mr Roden hasn't exactly got time on his side has he?
She won't be happy, to put it mildly, but she must be told.
To put it mildly, Binoche finds the hints of hope and forgiveness in ``B and E'' refreshing.
But Sabine Herold, to put it mildly, is not your typical Frog.
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.
The past year has been hell to put it mildly and I can see no light at the end of it.
Given the tumultuous summer we've had, it's difficult to predict what the rest of 2001 has in store for real estate -- to put it mildly.
The shift in emphasis of governmental financial reporting from only fund types with different measures of performance to the government as a whole with a focus on the cost of delivering services is significant -- to put it mildly.