not so much (something) as (something else)

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: 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.

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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 12 Aug. 2020.

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