nothing to speak of

nothing to speak of

not many; not much. John: What's happening around here? Bill: Nothing to speak of. Mary: Has there been any rain in the last week? Sally: Nothing to speak of.
See also: nothing, of, speak

nothing to speak of

Not much, nothing worth mentioning, as in What's been happening in the stock market?-Nothing to speak of, or They've done nothing to speak of about publicity. This expression was first recorded in 1582.
See also: nothing, of, speak

no something/nothing/not anything to ˈspeak of

nothing very important or worth mentioning: We looked through his private papers, but we didn’t find anything to speak of.He’s got no money to speak of.
References in classic literature ?
And indeed, thank God, there's nothing to speak of," she told herself.
We chat almost all throughout the day, so we had nothing to speak of when we were asked to go on a date.
I have nothing to say and there is nothing to speak of.
We put about $80 into each cat we put up for adoption, so we really make nothing to speak of on adults and just a little bit on kittens, to try to help keep our operations going," she said.
This clearly doesn't work as a definition if there's nothing below you and nothing to speak of above you.
It is nothing to speak of in itself, but we're expecting it to turn heavier later and have been warned to expect between eight and 10mm of rain overnight and that it could continue into the morning - perhaps until lunchtime - before it dies out.
There were rumblings that people had stolen things last year but nothing to speak of this time round.
Neighbourhood Watch spokeswoman Julie Baker, of Thackeray Crescent, Llanrumney, Cardiff, said: 'There have been one or two incidents, but nothing to speak of and nothing like last year.
However, a Foreign Ministry official said, ''I would not be surprised if the government takes the teeth out of (the outline) since Japan is a country whose prime minister says, 'it's nothing to speak of even if (the government) fails to safeguard a public promise.
During the April round of shows, we saw a few holes and missing bits and pieces, but nothing to speak of.
Llanberis Mountain Rescue secretary Ian Henderson said: ``It has been heaving but we have had nothing to speak of.
Past the middle 70s, there's been nothing to speak of, although I did enjoy some of the punk things, at least for the attitude.
But the major concern has to be that Scotland is drifting towards a stand-alone SPL with nothing to speak of after that.
Apart from that there was nothing to speak of in 77 tedious minutes until Shearer broke the deadlock.
There is almost nothing on family limitation, nothing to speak of on domestic violence, on homosexuality and gender ambiguity, or on criminality.