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 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 And, as one tense scene demonstrates, not every client is respectful, to put it mildly. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2024 But financial experts say Gen Zers who want to exit the workforce early are, to put it mildly, facing an uphill battle. Byalicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 16 May 2024 Parker has always been an avid reader—to put it mildly. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 8 May 2024 The Wolves’ matchups to start a possession are funky, to put it mildly. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 In the context of reparations, the idea of cash payments has been controversial — to put it mildly. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 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 25 Jun. 2024.

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