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nothing to write home about

To be not especially remarkable or noteworthy; to be 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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nothing to write home about

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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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