What do people mean when they say:
"I don't think it was that bad."
Does this phrase have only one possible correct meaning or use? Does it require further context to be provided in order to understand it?
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On its own
I don't think it was that bad.
is a generally unenthusiastic comment on something, such as
However, if someone has just made a remark, then the phrase is a reply in context:
I thought the food was disgusting.
It wasn't that bad.
meaning, "I don't think it was as bad as you are saying."