Meaning of “to say the least” in the English Dictionary

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"to say the least" in British English

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to say the least

C1 used to show that what you are describing is in fact much more serious or important than you have suggested:

It's going to be awkward, to say the least.

(Definition of “to say the least” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"to say the least" in American English

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to say the least

to not describe something in the strongest way you could, often in order to be polite:

The dinner was not tasty, to say the least.

(Definition of “to say the least” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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