to put it politely

Definition of to put it politely

used to indicate that one is saying something in a way that shows good manners
  • He is not, to put it politely, the best guitar player in the world.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

polite play politely
  1. : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of advanced culture

  2. : marked by refined cultural interests and pursuits especially in arts and belles lettres

  3. : showing or characterized by correct social usage


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