Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
to say the least
to say the least
1) without any exaggeration, to put something mildly
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When I lost my job I was disappointed, to say the least
When you use the expression 'to say the least' you mean to say the reality was actually much worse. This expression is used when you are explaining a situation in the politest or simplest way possible but the actual details are more extreme or worrying. This expression can be used in both social and professional contexts.
Social Examples (Basic)
When I was on the phone to my friend complaining about my roommate, I didn't realise that she could hear every word. From then on, things were awkward between us, to say the least.
I admit that Paul could have been more considerate, to say the least, but I don't think that he meant to cause you any offence with what he did.
Professional Examples (Basic)
When I was told that I was fired from my job I was disappointed, to say the least but I didn't waste any time getting back on the horse.
Sophie finished top of the monthly sales chart for the fifth time in a row. She's pretty good at her job, to say the very least.
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