be nothing short of (something)

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be nothing short of (something)

To be exemplary of a particular quality (which is 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 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?" As security guards bear down on him, Stern tells us, John is able to get off one final question to the enraged actor: "Burt!