not a (whole) lot

not a (whole) lot

Not much (interesting or exciting activity). A neutral, unenthusiastic response to someone asking what one is up to or has been doing. A: "Hey, Tom, it's been a while since I last saw you. What have you been up to?" B: "Oh, not a lot. Still in the same job." A: "What's happening, Jake?" B: "Not a whole lot. Studying for my exams next week."
See also: lot, not