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.
See also: nothing, of, short
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The success of a program commemorating the history of African-descended peoples in this country is nothing short of revolutionary.
I submit to you today, ladies and gentlemen, that in God's eyes abortion is nothing short of child sacrifice."
The aim is nothing short of creating a primordial state of matter called the quark-gluon plasma.
And his critique of Diane Sawyer, who later aired a puff piece interview with Jackson and Lisa Marie, is nothing short of devastating.