let alone

conjunction

: to say nothing of : not to mention
used especially to emphasize the improbability of a contrasting example
he would never walk again let alone play golfSports Illus.
how many ever see an Ambassador or Minister, let alone a PresidentRobert Lacville

Examples of let alone in a Sentence

I don't have enough money for a new car, let alone a luxury sedan.
Recent Examples on the Web These two n-s that I’ve just been blessed to even stand beside in this game, let alone chase — chase their greatness, right? Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2024 There are no large expanses of green or embankments close enough to the Renaissance Center that would accommodate a sign of this size in such a location, let alone the obvious construction and road closures that would have needed to take place to install a huge sign. Erin Marquis / Jalopnik, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2024 That $170 was barely enough to support myself, let alone my two small children. Kolandro Bramble, Essence, 12 Apr. 2024 It’s not lost on her that people in Gaza have limited access to food at all, let alone the specific ingredients needed to make ka’ik or sumagiyya. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 Between parked cars, fire hydrants, bus stops, halal carts, Citi Bike racks, and dining sheds, there is little space left on the streets and sidewalks for a trash bag, let alone millions of bins. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Each song taps into a particular strand of emotion that no one else would think to identify, let alone try to write about. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 5 Apr. 2024 However, the question remains: how does a company maintain, let alone enhance, its culture without a physical office space? Chris Gallagher, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 Environmentalists were ignoring the fact that millions in other regions had no electricity, while others could barely afford to turn the lights on at home, let alone buy electric cars. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of let alone was in 1765

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“Let alone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/let%20alone. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

let alone

conjunction
: to say nothing of : not to mention
lacked the courage, let alone the know-how
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