none too

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Idioms and Phrases

Also, not too . Not very, as in The application arrived none too soon , or I'm afraid this secretary is not too smart , or He was here not too long ago . The first usage was first recorded in 1885; the variant dates from about 1920. Also see not all that .

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Example Sentences

Our none-too-shabby showing in the medal count this year is due primarily to our propensity to come in third.

I stripped my mattress of its none-too-soft linen, so that whoever came after me would have the courtesy of a fresh start.

Why did Jeff Zucker look none-too-pleased to see 30 Rock win a Golden Globe?

It was early summer when another event shook the none-too-steady Forest.

They were received with none-too-cordial a welcome by the son, with kindly, even eager greeting by the mother.

The explosions had jarred the none-too-stable understrata of rock into spasmodic motion that must grind everything to bits!

Then the door was shut with a bang, and he was left to his own, none-too-pleasant reflections.

An instant later she beheld him lying on his back in a none-too-clean gutter with her defender standing over him.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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