not quite

not quite

Not exactly. A: "Are you promoting me?" B: "Not quite, but if you do well in this new position, I think you will get promoted in the future." I'm an A student, so of course I'm not quite pleased to get an A-!
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Pollyanna knew that the Ladies' Aid met at two o'clock in the chapel next the church, not quite half a mile from home.
He felt it, and being in doubt, said: "I do not quite know whether it is the cub of a Fox, or the whelp of a Wolf, but this I know full well.
With his untidy beard and long hair, his features, always a little larger than life, now emphasised by illness, he had an extraordinary aspect; but it was so odd that it was not quite ugly.
And all these conversations were right enough, only in two places there was something not quite right.
Philip did not quite know why he should not, but it did not matter.
THE beautiful metropolis of America is by no means so clean a city as Boston, but many of its streets have the same characteristics; except that the houses are not quite so fresh-coloured, the sign- boards are not quite so gaudy, the gilded letters not quite so golden, the bricks not quite so red, the stone not quite so white, the blinds and area railings not quite so green, the knobs and plates upon the street doors not quite so bright and twinkling.
Madame Chiffon informs me that she herself had thought of using tambour work as being more suitable (though I did not quite take in all she said).
She expresses a most eager desire of being acquainted with me, and makes very gracious mention of my children but I am not quite weak enough to suppose a woman who has behaved with inattention, if not with unkindness, to her own child, should be attached to any of mine.
Now I affirm, that all these states have, without exception, fallen into excess; and also that he should not have said that one oligarchy was better than another, but that it was not quite so bad.
Princesses he found in plenty; but whether they were real Princesses it was impossible for him to decide, for now one thing, now another, seemed to him not quite right about the ladies.
I'm agreein' with you," was Matt's answer, and again his employer was not quite satisfied with him.
I am afraid I am not quite so much the man of the world as might be good for me in some points.
His sole occupation was to sit with his head against the wall, looking hard at the thoughtful baby; and I could not quite divest my mind of a fancy that they understood one another.
Even the best friend I have in the world, our excellent friend over yonder,' said Doyce, nodding towards Twickenham, 'extends a sort of protection to me, don't you know, as a man not quite able to take care of himself?
My being charming, Harriet, is not quite enough to induce me to marry; I must find other people charmingone other person at least.