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Not what it is cracked up to be

adjective phrase

Of low quality; inferior or unsatisfactory (1836+)


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    [not-with-stan-ding, -with-] /ˌnɒt wɪðˈstæn dɪŋ, -wɪθ-/ preposition 1. in spite of; without being opposed or prevented by: Notwithstanding a brilliant defense, he was found guilty. She went to the game anyway, doctor’s orders notwithstanding. conjunction 2. in spite of the fact that; although: It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different. adverb 3. […]

  • Notwork

    networking, humour /not’werk/ A network that is performing badly. Said at IBM to have originally referred to a particular period of flakiness on IBM’s VNET corporate network ca. 1988; but there are independent reports of the term from elsewhere. The joke sounds better in Russian, where “nyet” means “no”, hence nyetwork /nyet’werk/. (2009-05-28)

  • Not worth a bucket of warm spit

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  • Not worth a damn

    adjective phrase : Those promises aren’t worth a damn adverb phrase Not well at all: This guy doesn’t sing worth a damn/ She doesn’t like me worth a shit (first form 1817+, second 1920s+) Also, not worth a plugged nickel or red cent or bean or hill of beans or fig or straw or tinker’s […]

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