I've seen worse

I've seen worse

Mild praise given to something one has seen or experienced. Sometimes used ironically to indicate that something is actually quite great or remarkable. A: "God, what a terrible movie." B: "Oh, it wasn't so bad. I've seen worse." A: "What a stunning view!" B: "Wow! I've seen worse, that's for sure!"
See also: seen, worse

(I've) seen worse.

a noncommittal and not totally negative judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen worse. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Gladys: Seen worse.
See also: seen, worse
References in classic literature ?
"I've seen worse ones on human shoulders, at any rate," said Mother Rigby.
Still, in terms of making do, I've seen worse options than this fun singing show.
Newsagent Peter Bacci said: "I've seen worse. The worst flood was in 1977.
Although he admitted, "I have 15 years of war in my book, where TV was a mouthpiece for militias, so I've seen worse than what is happening today."
"Don't worry," she said sympathetically as I mopped up the tabletop, "I've seen worse." But the lesson was ultimately successful because Chloe and I had a sweet time.
A MAN smashed a scrambler bike into a car during a police chase and then told cops: "It was dangerous, but I've seen worse on Road Wars".
I've seen worse driving conditions but this is spring, the middle of spring at that.
Some of the girls drink too much but I've seen worse behaviour from women at a Take That concert and men at football matches.
"I've seen worse, but this is a very serious injury."
I've seen worse on a Saturday night with half the women going out wearing less than that going into nightclubs.
"I've seen worse," he lies, "and you're breaking your wrists perfectly."
As desperate goes, however, I've seen worse. I remember having a night out with friends in Pete Daroy's place sometime in the early 1990s.
15/20 Decor: I wouldn't decorate my front room like this pub - but I've seen worse. Recently re-decorated by new owners, it's nearly a photofit of its sister pub, the New Inn, Ton Pentre.
I've seen worse films, but this is the worst 'big budget film which takes itself very seriously' production I've had the misfortune to sit through since Battlefield Earth.