at the (very) least

idiom

used to indicate the least thing that is true, acceptable, desirable, or certain to happen
He 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.

Examples of at the (very) least in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were plenty of mixed emotions this week in response to the closure of Oscar-winning production company Participant, and at the very least the industry has agreed something has come to an end. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 19 Apr. 2024 All options must be explored — at the very least to improve, but really to give Curry another shot at a title run. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 18 Apr. 2024 Signs of Sandworm Mandiant found multiple strong clues that Cyber Army of Russia was, at the very least, created with support from Sandworm if not entirely controlled by that unit of the GRU. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 17 Apr. 2024 Blemishes have a frustrating way of showing up at the least opportune moments. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 15 Apr. 2024 Or at the very least be something of a leather jacket influencer. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 Beyoncé is just mixing the pot, asking us to consider, at the very least, a broader definition of country. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 The idea is — at the very least — worth contemplating given the contentiousness that has beleaguered too many forms of discourse today. Byron Harlan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 Drake, for at the very least since the turn of the decade, is far more a popstar than anything else. Camellia Burris, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024

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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 23 Apr. 2024.

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