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to say the least

at the very least; without overemphasizing the subject; to put it mildly. We were not at all pleased with her work—to say the least. When they had an accident, they were upset to say the least.
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to say the least

to not mention as much as you could about something The dinner was tasteless, to say the least.
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to say the least

Not to exaggerate, as in When the ring turned up in the lost and found, she was delighted, to say the least. This idiom was first recorded in 1809.
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When documentary filmmaker Tom Shepard, who is gay, read an article in a local newspaper in 1998 about straight 13-year-old Steven Cozza and his campaign against antigay discrimination within the Boy Scouts of America, he recalls, "I was a little incredulous, to say the least.
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Chances are you would be baffled and skeptical, to say the least.
Usher has had a banner year to say the least, and 'Yeah' became somewhat of a summer anthem," said Gillespie.
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To say the least, the macaroni and cheese, barbecue chicken and collard greens you had for lunch were delicious.
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I don't know what word to describe it - different, to say the least,'' Agassi said of putting on the new apparel.
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The return we've received from MPAC has been significant, to say the least," said Stan Miasnikov, President of PhatWare Corporation.
And coming from a mayor who, when city attorney for 16 years, threw away millions settling police brutality lawsuits without ever asking why the officers responsible were still on the payroll, it's ironic, to say the least.