something to speak of


something to speak of
(something) to speak of to have so little of something that it is not worth talking about.

There was no snow to speak of this winter.

I really don't have any job benefits to speak of.

Usage notes: usually following a noun in a negative statement, as in the examples, but sometimes used alone in conversation:

“Do you get a lot of headaches?” “No, not to speak of.”


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