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notch below

Not as good as something else in the same category. Joanne is a good author, but her books are a notch below best-sellers in the same genre.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

notch below (someone or something)

Fig. a little lower in quality than someone or something. I believe that this wine is a notch below the one we had with the fish.
See also: below, notch
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The minimum temperature settled a notch below normal at 22.8A Celsius, Met officials said.
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