be not the word for it

be not the word for it

Of a word or phrase, to not fully or adequately describe something. Angry? Angry isn't the word for it—I'm blinded with rage! Bad isn't the word for what they've done. It's despicable.
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not the word for it

not an adequate or appropriate description.
1992 European Travel & Life The landscape of Alaska has the power to overwhelm. ‘Beautiful’ is not the word for it.
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not be the ˈword for it

used to say that a word or an expression does not describe something fully or strongly enough: Unkind isn’t the word for it! I’ve never seen anyone treat an animal so cruelly!
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