seen better

I've seen better

A passive aggressive criticism of something one has seen or experienced. A: "Wow, what a stunning view!" B: "Meh, I've seen better." A: "I really loved that movie." B: "It was all right, but I've seen better." A: "You're such a killjoy, you know that?"
See also: better, seen

(I've) seen better.

a noncommittal and not very positive judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen better. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Bob: Seen better.
See also: better, seen
References in classic literature ?
"All I know," said Levin, "is that I have never seen better brought-up children than yours, and I wouldn't wish for children better than yours."
"Well, I have heard once or twice, 'tis true, that my family had seen better days afore they came to Blackmoor.
The crowd filed up the aisles: the aged and needy postmaster, who had seen better days; the mayor and his wife -- for they had a mayor there, among other unnecessaries; the justice of the peace; the widow Douglass, fair, smart, and forty, a generous, good-hearted soul and well-to-do, her hill mansion the only palace in the town, and the most hospitable and much the most lavish in the matter of festivities that St.
He did the best he could, but I've seen better. If you have ever seen an active, heedless, enterprising child going diligently out of one mischief and into another all day long, and an anxious mother at its heels all the while, and just saving it by a hair from drowning itself or breaking its neck with each new experiment, you've seen the king and me.
I can only tell you she has seen better days; she is an educated person; and she may like my society on that account.
You were, I am told, a manufacturer; I am an artist; I have seen better days; I have moved in societies where you would not be received, and dined where you would be glad to pay a pound to see me dining.
“He appears reluctant to converse on his former situation,” continued Marmaduke “but I gathered from his discourse, as is apparent from his manner, that he has seen better days; and I am really inclining to the opinion of Richard, as to his origin; for it was no unusual thing for the Indian agents to rear their children in a laudable manner, and—”
a carpet that had seen better days; a melancholy washstand in a
"I've never seen better," they said, "you didn't grow it yourself?"
My parents are in business, and my mamma has seen better days, and mixed in the best of company."
Arthur was clad in his plainest clothes, and wrapped in a coarse woollen shawl; and Rachel was muffled in a grey cloak and hood that had seen better days, and gave her more the appearance of an ordinary though decent old woman, than of a lady's-maid.
There was a small window there, which let in, through its dingy, dusty panes, a scanty, uncertain light on the tall, high-backed chairs and dusty tables, that had once seen better days.
Preserve me from people who have seen better days, and bring heirlooms with them that make the house smell stuffy.
Tisher: a deferential widow with a weak back, a chronic sigh, and a suppressed voice, who looks after the young ladies' wardrobes, and leads them to infer that she has seen better days.
She was the daughter of a superior couple who had seen better days.