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not to say

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see not,‎ to,‎ say.
  2. Even; perhaps; almost.
    • c. 1962, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff (author), Deborah A. Starr and Sasson Somekh (editors), “Wake of the Waves”, in Mongrels Or Marvels, Stanford University Press (2011), →ISBN, page 145:
      At first Marc was somewhat shocked, then he burst out laughing and finally came to the conclusion that actually it was all rather sad, not to say stupid.