much less


Definition of much less

: not to mention used especially in negative contexts to add to one item another denoting something less likelyHe 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

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Examples of much less in a Sentence

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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The first known use of much less was in 1615

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“Much less.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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