not exactly

not exactly
spoken
1) used for saying that something is slightly different from a particular thing

It's not exactly a novel, more an extended short story.

2) used for saying that something that someone says is not completely right

"You're leaving, aren't you?" "Not exactly, I'm just going on holiday."

3) often humorous used for emphasizing that someone or something does not have a particular quality

£300,000 for a picture is not exactly cheap.

She's not exactly the world's greatest singer.


English dictionary. 2014.

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