be not so much (something) as (something else)(redirected from are not so much as)
be not so much (something) as (something else)
To be more accurately regarded as (something else) than (something). The phrase is used to emphasize that the the thing being discussed is more aptly described as the adjective after "as" than the one before "as," even if the first descriptor is also accurate. I'm so sick of this project. It's not so much difficult as it is boring.