Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put it mildly

put it mildly
1) understate or downplay something
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    • he/she was annoyed, to put it mildly
  • Analysis
    To put something mildly means to downplay the importance or severity of something, usually something negative. The expression 'to put it mildly' is usually used at the end of a phrase to emphasise that you are downplaying something or are not able to communicate the severity of something.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Having three members of staff call in sick on one night was unfortunate, to put it mildly. It meant we were totally rushed off our feet for the entire shift.
    2. It was hard for me to tell my boss that I was leaving after all the work he had put into mentoring me. To say he was annoyed is putting it mildly.
    3. The news that our Christmas bonus had been scrapped was unpopular, to put it mildly.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My sister was absolutely furious that we didn't make the dinner, to put it mildly.
    2. To put it mildly, we are in real financial trouble if we don't get that loan.
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