be nothing short of (something)

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be nothing short of (something)

To be exemplary a particular quality. (That quality is then stated after "of.") It's nothing short of astonishing that she got the whole house cleaned in time for her dinner party. I'm surprised we weren't asked to leave the restaurant because the kids' behavior was nothing short of atrocious.
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As all of you know, the extent of destruction was overwhelming, with cars upturned, tractor trailers scattered like matchsticks, homes completely leveled, buildings destroyed, and rotting food scattered throughout the area; the Gulf Coast was nothing short of what one would expect in a war zone.
The story is replete with quotes from Jeffress' clergy allies suggesting I had come from the very "Gates of Hell" and that it was nothing short of a "try to silence one of the few remaining voices for truth.