much less

much less
much less
Not to mention
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Main Entry:less

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used after a negative statement in order to emphasize that it applies even more to what you say next

They are not interested in reading poetry, still less in writing it.

I am no-one’s spokesman, much less his.

Thesaurus: less and not as muchsynonym
Main entry: less

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I much (or still) less
used to introduce something as being even less likely or suitable than something else already mentioned

what woman would consider a date with him, much less a marriage?

II
see less

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much less (or chiefly Brit still less)
— used after a negative statement to say that something is even less likely or possible than the thing previously mentioned

I don't eat eggs, much less meat.

He can't run a mile, much less complete a marathon.

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Main Entry:less
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much less — see less, 2
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Main Entry:much

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even/much/still ˈless idiom
and certainly not

No explanation was offered, still less an apology.

He's too shy to ask a stranger the time, much less speak to a room full of people.

Main entry:lessidiom

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  • much less — much more, much less, still more, still less The principles, much more the practice, need a good deal of scrutiny. I didn t even see him, still less talk to him. Much more (or still more) is used when the grammatical form of the sentence is… …   Modern English usage

  • much less — (do something) and do not even do this. When our headlights flashed, the deer barely blinked, much less moved. They can hardly keep their Internet site running, much less guard against hackers …   New idioms dictionary

  • much less — {conj.} And also not; and even less able or likely to. Used after a negative clause. * /I never even spoke to the man, much less insulted him./ * /John couldn t even pick up the box, much less carry it upstairs./ * /George can hardly understand… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • much less — {conj.} And also not; and even less able or likely to. Used after a negative clause. * /I never even spoke to the man, much less insulted him./ * /John couldn t even pick up the box, much less carry it upstairs./ * /George can hardly understand… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • much\ less — conj And also not; and even less able or likely to. Used after a negative clause. I never even spoke to the man, much less insulted him. John couldn t even pick up the box, much less carry it upstairs. George can hardly understand arithmetic,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • much less — conjunction Date: 1615 not to mention used especially in negative contexts to add to one item another denoting something less likely < can hardly grow, much less ripen, till the stock is in the earth Jonathan Swift > < he is never going to get… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • much less — conjunction Let alone; to say nothing of. This is such a terrible CD; I didnt listen to it, much less buy it. Syn: let alone, not to mention …   Wiktionary

  • much less do something — much less (do something) and do not even do this. When our headlights flashed, the deer barely blinked, much less moved. They can hardly keep their Internet site running, much less guard against hackers …   New idioms dictionary

  • much less — See at: as much as …   New idioms dictionary

  • much less — a lot fewer in degree or amount …   English contemporary dictionary

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