He was not all that dependable when I got into trouble.

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wanabee

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Japanese
Dear all,

1 I was disappointed at him; he was not all that dependable when I got into the biggest trouble in my whole life.
2 Hawaii is not all that hot in summer.

I made up the sentences.
Does the that in not all that refer to something previous mentioned in the context, such as "people said he was a very sweet and dependable person" or "Hawaii is said to be very hot in summer"?
Or the idiomatic phrase not all that just means not very much?

I would appreciate any comments.
 
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