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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The practices outlined in the inspector general's report are nothing short of outrageous.
So many times what people hear about gay people in the Bible Belt is that we are nothing short of monsters and sexual perverts who creep around in the night looking for children.