all that

all that
all that
as in not all that good, is common as a colloquial intensifier

• (I looked around the stock. It wasn't all that brilliant, I must admit —J. Leasor, 1969

• I'm just not all that happy right now —weblog, AmE 2004 [OEC].

Gowers (1965) judged that the use was ‘well on its way to literary status’, and it is indeed now a standard construction, though still with a whiff of the conversational about it.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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