not to say

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of not to say

used to introduce a more forceful or critical way of describing someone or something
  • He was impolite, not to say downright rude!

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as


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