to put it mildly

idiom

used to say that a statement is actually an understatement and that the thing referred to is actually larger, more important, more serious, etc.
It was a difficult experience, to put it mildly.

Examples of to put it mildly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, the overwhelming majority of lower court judges who heard similar cases reached the same result as Barrett. Roberts’s reading of the statute is, to put it mildly, less intuitive. Ian Millhiser, Vox, 28 June 2024 Burgum’s qualifications, to put it mildly, are not impressive. Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, 27 June 2024 Business leaders are likely to feel trepidation, to put it mildly, over the consequences that may come from saying or doing the wrong thing. Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Fortune, 24 June 2024 Today’s Russia, however, is distant from the ideals of communism, to put it mildly. Joseph Torigian, Foreign Affairs, 24 June 2024 Conclusion: The chances of dwarfing the numbers now posted by the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet are remote, to put it mildly. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 15 June 2024 Plan or no, tensions are, to put it mildly, running high. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2024 Intelligence agencies are, to put it mildly, overtaxed. Amy Zegart, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 One of the things Sean Baker does exceptionally well is draw us into a vivid and highly specific milieu, nurturing our affections for characters who are rough-edged, to put it mildly, and then whip up a vortex of steadily escalating chaos. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024

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“To put it mildly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20put%20it%20mildly. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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