much less

conjunction

Definition of much less

: not to mention used especially in negative contexts to add to one item another denoting something less likely
  • He had trouble paying for a car, much less a high-definition TV.
  • And so it appears that he is never going to get out of the eighth grade, much less ever make it to college.
  • —Thomas Meehan

Examples of much less in a Sentence

  1. after spraining his ankle, the gymnast hadn't been expected to appear in today's event, much less win it

First Known Use of much less

1615

in the meaning defined above

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much less Synonyms

Synonyms

let alone, never mind;

Phrases

not to mention;



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