not so much (something) as (something else)

idiom

: less like (something) than (something else)
What bothered me was not so much what he said as how he said it.
Sailing is not so much a science as an art.

Examples of not so much (something) as (something else) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Financial Times and Bloomberg both reported that the EU plans to fine Apple €500 million — not so much as to hurt the $2.8 trillion company in a material way, but enough to signify that the Commission is no longer tolerating its business practices. Ariel Shapiro, The Verge, 21 Feb. 2024 Green Hatch chiles add their unique flavor and a different kind of heat — though not so much as to warrant the fire alarms. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2023 The inflation data helped to buoy hopes on Wall Street that the Fed may actually pull off the balancing act of slowing the economy and hurting investment prices just enough to grind down inflation, but not so much as to cause a painful recession. Stan Choe, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 There’s not so much as a morsel of hope for a reunion, though a U.K. No. 1 album should give some comfort to long-suffering fans of Oasis. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 7 Nov. 2023 The United States — home to the largest and most sophisticated AI developers — is somewhere in the middle, placing new safety obligations on developers of the most sophisticated AI systems but not so much as to stymie development and growth. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Latin American genre is not so much as fitting into market trends as a push-phenomenon driven by genre fanboys and girls. Holly Jones, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Price at time of publish: $25.99 Colors: 19 | Sizes: S-XXL Best Fleece American Eagle Oversized Plaid Fleece and Love Shacket View On Ae.com Need a style that provides a little more warmth than your average cotton button-down, but not so much as the insulated Tentree shacket? Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 That strength has a large group of investors believing the Fed may pull off the balancing act of slowing the economy through high rates just enough to smother high inflation but not so much as to cause a painful recession. Stan Choe, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023

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Dictionary Entries Near not so much (something) as (something else)

not someone's type

not so much (something) as (something else)

not speak a word

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“Not so much (something) as (something else).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20so%20much%20%28something%29%20as%20%28something%20else%29. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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