to put it mildly

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

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!"
See also: mildly, put

to put it mildly

 and put it mildly
to understate something; to say something politely. (Note the variation in the examples.) She was angry at almost everyone—to put it mildly. To say she was angry is putting it mildly. To put it mildly, she was enraged.
See also: mildly, put

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]
See also: mildly, put

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!’
See also: mildly, put
References in periodicals archive ?
She had dinner one night with an old boyfriend, and I was climbing the walls, to put it mildly,'' Nichols says.
ANDRE STANDER was a bundle of contradictions, to put it mildly.
It was, to put it mildly, his night to sizzle on a stick.
They are not solid heavyweight champions, to put it mildly.
To put it mildly, Carla is one seething, lonely clump of resentment.
He had female issues, to put it mildly - in the film, his fourth wife is played by Bai Ling, his mistress is played by Illeana Douglas and Orr himself is assiduous in preventing his teen-age daughter from dating creeps like himself.
as Agoos' defense seemed unsteady, to put it mildly.
OHV enthusiasts have taken a lot of heat from environmentalists, to put it mildly.
In ``Frida,'' Molina's Rivera will go head to head with Salma Hayek's Kahlo in the portrait of what was, to put it mildly, a majorly turbulent relationship.