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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But that would be nothing short of scandalous now, especially since those bizarre bow-bands once used to mark baby girls are out of style, presumably because someone figured out that they made otherwise charming she-children look like space aliens.
The results can be nothing short of hilarious, as when John showed up at a Burt Reynolds book signing and asked the question, "Did you avoid Ned Beatty after he got raped in Deliverance?
Some are warm and hospitable, while others can be nothing short of an ice age.