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put it mildly
You use to put it mildly to indicate that you are describing something in language that is much less strong, direct, or critical than what you reallythink. ⇒ But not all the money, to put it mildly, has been used wisely.
He looked over the faces, found himself mildly curious at the quizzicalsmile on the good side of Voss's face.Robert Wilson THE COMPANY OF STRANGERSSophie waited until he was sitting down before saying, `I hearLaura is coming out," in a mildly interested voice.Martin, Joy THE IMAGE OF LAURAIn the circumstances he was being prettybrave, to put it mildly.Malcolm, John WHISTLER IN THE DARKThe next best, the not so great, and the mildly amusing were carried down to the ballroom.Macleod, Charlotte THE RECYCLED CITIZEN