at the (very) least

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Definition of at the (very) least

used to indicate the least thing that is true, acceptable, desirable, or certain to happenHe wanted to win the race, or at the least, to finish second.It will change your life or, at the very least, teach you something new.At the very least, she deserves to be heard.

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“At the (very) least.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20%28very%29%20least. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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