I've seen better

I've seen better

A passive aggressive criticism of something one has seen or experienced. A: "Wow, what a stunning view!" B: "Meh, I've seen better." A: "I really loved that movie." B: "It was all right, but I've seen better." A: "You're such a killjoy, you know that?"
See also: better, seen

(I've) seen better.

a noncommittal and not very positive judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen better. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Bob: Seen better.
See also: better, seen
References in classic literature ?
He did the best he could, but I've seen better. If you have ever seen an active, heedless, enterprising child going diligently out of one mischief and into another all day long, and an anxious mother at its heels all the while, and just saving it by a hair from drowning itself or breaking its neck with each new experiment, you've seen the king and me.
In short, I've seen better value in airports shops than backing Hermosa at around the even-money mark to win today.
Luke Walton said, "what potato was that image taken on?", while Graham Gardner added "I've seen better quality images on Most Haunted".
The bit where Steve McQueen rides his motorbike over the prison camp fence is good, but I've seen better films.
The judges, led by BD's editor Thomas Lane, took readers' comments into account during the judging process, with one adding 'I've seen better looking prisons.'.
"As a keeper with the ball at his feet, I don't think I've seen better.
"I've seen better matches but you have to show attitude and togetherness and all my players have done this."
I'm better than when that initially happened, but right now, I've seen better days.
"I've seen better looking larvae," notes John, looking at his bright pink cake mix.
"I play footy of a Sunday morning and I've seen better defenders than him.
The homeowner asked not to be named, but said last night: "I've seen better parking."
BUDGET BUSTER - Vertu Ascent Ti Ferrari (pounds 6,657 from www.phonescorporation.com) You'd have to be barking mad to splash this much cash on a mobile, I've seen better deals on saloon cars.