put it mildly

to put it mildly

To underemphasize or downplay something. This phrase is typically used without conjugating the infinitive "to put." A: "Oh, it was just a rain storm." B: "Yeah, to put it mildly. It was more like a hurricane!"
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put it mildly

Understate, say without exaggeration, as in It's a fairly long way to walk, to put it mildly-twenty miles or so. [First half of 1900s]
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put it ˈmildly

used for showing that you could have said something much stronger or more critical, etc: He was annoyed, to put it mildly (= he was very angry).‘She said you didn’t like it.’ ‘That’s putting it mildly — it’s hideous!’
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He may live to a ripe old age but, to put it mildly, Mr Roden hasn't exactly got time on his side has he?
She won't be happy, to put it mildly, but she must be told.
But Sabine Herold, to put it mildly, is not your typical Frog.
And some, to put it mildly, were concerned: "It clearly suffers from 'Designer Interruptus,' the Latin term for when a designer is given too much leeway.
The past year has been hell to put it mildly and I can see no light at the end of it.
Given the tumultuous summer we've had, it's difficult to predict what the rest of 2001 has in store for real estate -- to put it mildly.
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If America's timing was, to put it mildly, undiplomatic, Australia's response has been, to put it equally mildly, robust.
To put it mildly, I got sucked in to the negative dynamics that always attend any discussions in depth where physicians are concerned.
To say that her family comes from a musical background is to put it mildly.
The chief of the Chicago public school system, for example, has announced and partially instituted a program of teaching values to its students, despite the fact that doing so in taxpayer-supported schools can be, to put it mildly, tricky.