the understatement of the year

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the understatement of the year

used of a statement that makes something seem much smaller, much less important, etc., than it really is
  • "I may have overreacted a little." "That's the understatement of the year!"

Word by Word Definitions

understatement play
  1. : a statement that represents something as smaller or less intense, or less important than it really is : a statement that understates something

  2. : the avoidance of obvious emphasis or embellishment : an understated condition, appearance, etc.

year play
  1. : the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sun

  2. : the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the sky

  3. : the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun


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to praise usually to excess

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