shabby

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Not bad (at all).

 
1. [Someone or something is] quite satisfactory. Bill: How do you like your new teacher? Jane: Not bad. Bob: Is this pen okay? Bill: I guess. Yeah. Not bad.
2. [Someone or something is] really quite good. (The person or thing can be named, as in the examples.) John: How do you like that new car of yours? Mary: Not bad. Not bad at all. Tom: This one looks great to me. What do you think? Sue: It's not bad.
See also: bad, not

not too shabby

 
1. Inf. nice; well done. (With emphasis on shabby.) Is that your car? Not too shabby'.' That play was not too shabby.
2. Inf. very shabby; very poor indeed. (With emphasis on too. Sarcastic.) Did you see that shot she missed? Not too shabby! What a way to treat someone. Not too shabby!
See also: not, shabby

not bad

reasonably good Thirteen bucks - that's not bad for lunch.
Usage notes: often used in conversation: “How are you?” “Not bad.” also used in the forms not too bad, not that bad, and not so bad: It takes me about an hour to get to work, which is not that bad.
Related vocabulary: not half bad
See also: bad, not

not bad

Also, not half bad; not so or too bad ; not too shabby. Fairly good, as in Not bad, said the conductor, but we need to play the scherzo again, or The movie wasn't half bad, but Jerry wanted to go home, or Our garden's not too bad this year, or How are things going?-Not too shabby. All of the terms involving bad, which imply that something is less bad than it might be, date from the mid-1700s. The last variant, using shabby in the sense of "inferior," is slang of the late 1900s.
See also: bad, not

not too shabby

1. mod. [with emphasis on shabby] nice; well done. Is that your car? Not too shabby!
2. mod. [with emphasis on too] very shabby; very poor indeed. (Sarcastic.) What a way to treat someone. Not too shabby!
See also: not, shabby
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The rebuilt "Second Temple" reportedly stood more or less intact--but growing ever shabbier as a result of continual warfare in the region--until the time of Herod.
But while the wall is gone (well almost, there are bits still there as a reminder, and a photo opportunity for visitors) Berlin is still divided: with the West boasting glitzy shops while the East is distinctly shabbier, and very reminiscent of Russia with its seemingly endless blocks of nondescript Soviet flats.
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