(something) is not what you'd call (something)

"Not what you'd call ___" means "not exactly ___" or "not really ___".

This expression is used for understatement. Instead of directly describing something in an extreme way, you introduce your description with "not what you'd call ___". For example, if you're a very bad dancer, you can say:

I'm not what you'd call a great dancer.

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