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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

1. Quite good. A: "Did you see Dan's new car?" B: "Yeah, not too shabby!"
2. Better than expected; not bad. A: "What did you think of the play?" B: "Not too shabby, actually."
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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When the presence of Galliard Homes in the background was finally revealed, though, it put an entirely different slant on the shabbiness inflicted on Wimbledon and its sister GRA tracks.
The machines read denomination of banknotes, degree of shabbiness and sort banknotes.
On a recent trip to Berlin I was somewhat taken aback by the relative shabbiness of the city's Schonefeld airport, which didn't seem to me to have anything like the facilities one would expect from the capital city of Europe's largest and most successful economy.
In the same way an image of anger, shabbiness and lack of culture is not a genuine reflection of Islam, neither is this image that seeks to portray them as second-class citizens.
One wonders how C-C would have reacted to this sort of shabbiness when he was ambassador in Kabul (probably with civilised disdain), but in 2009 he had to pay attention to the bigger picture, and when he was offered the opportunity to become his foreign minister's Special Representative to Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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 .
It's not Islamophobia, and it's not any kind of intellectual or moral shabbiness.
After an $88 million renovation, Lake Merritt has shed its shabbiness.