notch below

notch below

Not as good as something else in the same category. Joanne is a good author, but her books are a notch below best-sellers in the same genre.
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notch below (someone or something)

Fig. a little lower in quality than someone or something. I believe that this wine is a notch below the one we had with the fish.
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We rate subordinated Tier 2 debt one notch below CA's VR to reflect below-average recoveries for this type of debt.
Its rating also puts Greece on par with Nigeria, Rwanda, Cape Verde and a notch below serial defaulter Argentina.
The volcano's alert remained unchanged at one notch below the highest level, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
Summary: Madrid [Spain], Aug 19 (ANI): Spanish authorities on Saturday decided to maintain the country's current terrorist threat alert at level 4, a notch below the maximum level which would signal an attack was imminent.
The senior unsecured rating is positioned one notch below the corporate family rating, which reflects the structural subordination of the creditors at the holding company to those in the operating subsidiaries.
2 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season,s average.
The positioning of Vakifbank's provisional rating one notch below
3 degrees Celsius while the minimum settled a notch below normal at 6.
Despite its new classification, the bank's S&P rating is one notch below the Abu Dhabi sovereign score and that of some other GREs, including wholly state-owned funds Mubadala, International Petroleum Investment Co.
Moody's cut of the rating one notch below investment grade in April was followed by Fitchs cut to three notches above speculative grade (S&P is four notches).
Both banks' Viability Ratings (VR) have been affirmed at 'bbb+', one notch below their IDR.
The Philippine government's debt is currently rated at one notch below the much-coveted investment grade by Standard & Poor's and two notches below by Moody's and Fitch.
The programme rating is one notch below that of the bank's financial institution (FI) rating of AAA.
Standard & Poor's rates the country an equivalent BB, also with a positive outlook, and Fitch ranks Turkey as BB+, just one notch below investment grade.
ADPnews) - Feb 3, 2011 - S&P today notched down to A from A+ its investment-grade long-term credit rating on Barclays Bank Ireland while affirming its short-term rating at A-1, just a notch below the highest mark for short-term debt.