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not bad

Better than average or expected; satisfactory. A: "How's your new schedule this semester?" B: "Not bad. I don't have any classes before 11 AM, so that's a win in my book!" I didn't think I'd like it, but sushi isn't bad!
See also: bad, not

not too shabby

Quite good; better than expected; not bad. A: "Did you see Dan's new car?" B: "Yeah, not too shabby!" A: "Did you like the play?" B: "Yeah, it wasn't too shabby."
See also: not, shabby

Not bad (at all).

 
1. [Someone or something is] quite satisfactory. Bill: How do you like your new teacher? Jane: Not bad. Bob: Is this pen okay? Bill: I guess. Yeah. Not bad.
2. [Someone or something is] really quite good. (The person or thing can be named, as in the examples.) John: How do you like that new car of yours? Mary: Not bad. Not bad at all. Tom: This one looks great to me. What do you think? Sue: It's not bad.
See also: bad, not

not too shabby

 
1. Inf. nice; well done. (With emphasis on shabby.) Is that your car? Not too shabby'.' That play was not too shabby.
2. Inf. very shabby; very poor indeed. (With emphasis on too. Sarcastic.) Did you see that shot she missed? Not too shabby! What a way to treat someone. Not too shabby!
See also: not, shabby

not bad

Also, not half bad; not so or too bad ; not too shabby. Fairly good, as in Not bad, said the conductor, but we need to play the scherzo again, or The movie wasn't half bad, but Jerry wanted to go home, or Our garden's not too bad this year, or How are things going?-Not too shabby. All of the terms involving bad, which imply that something is less bad than it might be, date from the mid-1700s. The last variant, using shabby in the sense of "inferior," is slang of the late 1900s.
See also: bad, not

not (so/too) ˈbad

(spoken) quite good: ‘How are you feeling today?’ ‘Not too bad, thanks.’Some of his recent books are really not bad.
See also: bad, not

not too shabby

1. mod. [with emphasis on shabby] nice; well done. Is that your car? Not too shabby!
2. mod. [with emphasis on too] very shabby; very poor indeed. (Sarcastic.) What a way to treat someone. Not too shabby!
See also: not, shabby
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All that talk was a buttress against the unimaginable horror of life's not amounting to anything: against the deaths of his aging relations, his mother's mental illness, and the shabbiness and insignificance that many would read into his provincial background; but there was a limit to what talk could do.
The shabbiness of the town notwithstanding, it's possible that she's the poorest person around.
Our home, in its glory and shabbiness, bathed in little spotlights, clung to its patch of lawn.
International tourists who have reviewed hostels across the country on the travel website Trip Advisor have slammed their shabbiness and lack of facilities.
The programme reveals depths and shallows in his personality and the intense shabbiness with which he treated his partner.
Shabbiness never looked so melancholy and intriguing.
Shabby Thanks to the now infamous bar-room exploits of Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen's granddaughter Zara, we were given a glimpse into the shabbiness within the sport.
Woolf depicts the shabbiness of the room, where "[a] flattened sofa would, later in the evening, become a bed" (ND 17).
There's any number of similar pictures to be found for those prepared to keep their eyes open: the door could do with a lick of varnish and wood preserver, but there's a solidity to it that suggests that despite the shabbiness, it's going to be around for quite a few years to come.
Veblen's comment that "probably at no other point is the sense of shabbiness so keenly felt as it is if we fall short of the standard set by social usage in this matter of dress" (Veblen 1899, 103) is as apt today as it was then.
resources, water and oil, apple trees--amounts to shabbiness .
I thought all character was a form of shabbiness, a wearing away of surfaces.
During a visit to the Calixto Garcia Hospital, which serves only Cubans, the US nurse "was struck by the shabbiness of the facility .
With its narrow streets Wadi Nisnas seems to be an inappropriate location for mass festive happenings; on the other hand, the combination of shabbiness, disorderliness and often naive but moving decorations makes it picturesque.