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nothing to write home about

Not especially impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy; rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. It gets good reviews, but the new sushi restaurant is really nothing to write home about. His performance has been nothing to write home about so far. To be honest, we were expecting much more out of him when we recruited him.
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nothing to write home about

Fig. mediocre; not as good as you expected. I went to that new restaurant last night. It's nothing to write home about. Jill: I went to see a movie last night. Jane: How was it? Jill: Nothing to write home about.
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nothing to write home about

Ordinary or unremarkable, as in The restaurant was all right but nothing to write home about. This idiom originated in the late 1800s, possibly among troops stationed far from home, and became widespread during World War I.
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not much to write home about

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If something is nothing to write home about or not much to write home about, it is not very interesting, exciting, or special. The house was nothing to write home about — a rather neglected Victorian semi-detached like many they'd seen. The nightlife is not much to write home about. Note: You can also say that a thing is something to write home about if it is interesting, exciting, or special. The beaches really are something to write home about.
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nothing to write home about

of little interest or value. informal
1970 Nina Bawden The Birds on the Trees I daresay what I did was nothing to write home about, but it put food in her belly and shoes on her feet!
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nothing to write home about

n. something small or inconsequential. I got a little bit of a raise this year, but it was nothing to write home about.
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nothing to write home about

Unremarkable and ordinary. This term became common in the late nineteenth century, probably originating among troops stationed overseas. G. D. H. Cole used it in The Man from the River (1928): “He was . . . bleeding a bit, but nothing to write home about.” Another example is, “Ross won, Julie lost, neither of them enough to write home about” (June Drummond, Junta, 1989).
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The game was textbook pre-season, not the worst you'll see but not much to write home about either.
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Her dam, Ebble, was not much to write home about but did manage an all-weather win during her short racing career and that must bode well for this filly.
Over-cropped and unloved, it's not much to write home about - vaguely citrus with just enough acidity to be refreshing, and that's about it.
and equalling the club record for consecutive losses, there's really not much to write home about.
Some of the show's interiors are not much to write home about, and though the costumes are generally good examples of the expected medieval-meets-MTV aesthetic, one or two outfits are cringe-inducing.
There is a perception in Nepal that while India is big on promises, there is not much to write home about on delivery.
A red card against Ajax, a minute as a sub in a defeat to AC Milan, and a starting role in Celtic's biggest European defeat ever – not much to write home about.
Tendulkar has led India in 25 Tests and 73 One- Day Internationals, but his captaincy record is not much to write home about with a win- loss record of four- nine.
The view's awesome but the atmosphere's not much to write home about.
Otherwise, as with the whole show, there was not much to object to but not much to write home about either.
I know, I hire first jobbers right out of high school and their ability to effectively communicate, either written or oral, is abysmal; their work ethic is not much to write home about either.