still less
conjunction Date: 1721 much less, let alone <
no living person…seemed to notice him, still less to expect him — Thomas Hardy
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • still less — still/much/even/less phrase 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.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • still 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

  • less — [ les ] function word *** Less is the comparative form of the function word little and can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (before a noun): Eat less fat. Schools put less emphasis on being creative. as a pronoun: Connie did less… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • less — [les] adj. [ME les < OE læs, adv. læssa, adj. (used as compar. of lytel, LITTLE), akin to OFris les < IE * leis < base * lei , to diminish, meager, > LITTLE] 1. alt. compar. of LITTLE 2. not so much; smaller in size or amount [to… …   English World dictionary

  • still more — 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

  • less — less1 W1S1 [les] adv 1.) not so much or to a smaller degree ≠ ↑more ▪ Maybe he would worry less if he understood the situation. ▪ In recent years she has appeared in public less frequently. less (...) than ▪ Tickets were less expensive than I had …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • less — [[t]le̱s[/t]] ♦ (Less is often considered to be the comparative form of little.) 1) DET: DET n uncount You use less to indicate that there is a smaller amount of something than before or than average. You can use a little , a lot , a bit , far ,… …   English dictionary

  • less */*/*/ — UK [les] / US adverb, determiner, preposition, pronoun Summary: Less is the comparative form of the function word little and can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (before a noun): Eat less fat. ♦ Schools put less emphasis on being… …   English dictionary

  • less — 1 /les/ adverb 1 not so much; to a smaller degree: I found the second half of the play less interesting than the first. | We go to Paris less frequently now. | You ought to smoke less. opposite more 1 (1) 2 less and less gradually becoming… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • less — adj., adv., n., & prep. adj. 1 smaller in extent, degree, duration, number, etc. (of less importance; in a less degree). 2 of smaller quantity, not so much (opp. MORE) (find less difficulty; eat less meat). 3 disp. fewer (eat less biscuits). 4 of …   Useful english dictionary

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