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Nothing to write home about

noun phrase

A very ordinary or mediocre person or thing; nothing special; no great shakes: His pitch was nothing to write home about (1914+)
Ordinary or unremarkable, as in The restaurant was all right but nothing to write home about. This idiom originated in the late 1800s, possibly among troops stationed far from home, and became widespread during World War I.


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  • Notice

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  • Noticeable

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