quite the (most something)

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quite the (most something)

Having the most of a certain quality. ("Quite the" is followed by a superlative adjective and the noun it describes.) Her speech was quite the funniest thing I've heard all year. It wasn't quite the worst book I've ever read, but it wasn't far off.
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quite the ˈbest, the ˈworst, etc. something

(informal) absolutely the best, worst, etc: It was quite the worst film I’ve ever seen.
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It was quite the trip with a lot of memorable experiences.
For example, one of the reasons a newspaper can still be made to pay a libel defendant even when it has published a retraction is that the retraction (one may reasonably argue) never has quite the impact that the original defamation did - not even if it's printed on the front page, and not even if the falsity of the report is further publicized by the filing of a libel lawsuit.
Quite the contrary: he met with the leaders of the anti-Aristide forces in hopes of uniting them for the elections scheduled for early June.
Quite the contrary: the separate red brick buildings that were scattered across the site with '60s abandon have now been connected in collegiate fashion with a tissue of aluminium and glass.