nothing if not (something)

nothing if not (something)

Most characteristically something; having some trait more than anything else. In this phrase, "not" is always followed by a modifier of some kind that is emphasized as the person's or thing's most prominent attribute. He's nothing if not generous—that's his third donation this week. I am nothing if not patient, but even I have my breaking point. For all its faults, you have to admire the design of the device. It's nothing if not elegant to look at.
See also: if, not, nothing
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nothing if not

Above all else, as in He was nothing if not discreet. Shakespeare used this idiom in Othello (2:1): "I am nothing if not critical." [c. 1600]
See also: if, not, nothing
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ˈnothing if not something

(informal) (used for emphasis) very; very much a particular type of person: She’s nothing if not fair.Her work is nothing if not original.
See also: if, not, nothing, something
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