to put 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!"
See also: mildly, put

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.
See also: mildly, put
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