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Not much, not very, or not at all. We got there none too early. My husband could use some project to work on; he's been none too busy since he lost his job.
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none too something
not very something; not at all something. The towels in the bathroom were none too clean. It was none too warm in their house.
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Also, not too. Not very, as in The application arrived none too soon, or I'm afraid this secretary is not too smart, or He was here not too long ago. The first usage was first recorded in 1885; the variant dates from about 1920. Also see not all that.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
none too ˈclever, ˈhappy, ˈquickly, etc.not at all clever, quickly, etc: The driver was none too pleased about having to leave so early. ♢ Her chances of winning are none too good, I’m afraid.
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