not nearly

idiom

: much less than : not at all
There's not nearly enough flour for a cake here.
It's not nearly as late as I thought it was.

Examples of not nearly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Will Ferrell, dressed as Ron Burgundy from the Anchorman films, delivered a quick joke about the former pair, although not nearly as direct as Glaser’s. Danielle Jennings, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 Even the South Africa divestment movement was not nearly as consequential as many believe, says Professor Klotz of Syracuse. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2024 So much of the work thus far has been done by tribes, and not nearly enough by the religious institutions that ran boarding schools or the local communities that staffed them or the general public that failed to notice them. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2024 The situation should improve in the Big 12, but not enough — not nearly enough — to fully close the shortfall. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 22 Apr. 2024 Ministry is not nearly as proficient as Chad Stahelski’s John Wick 4 or Matthias Schweighöfer’s Army of Thieves, but the pell-mell combat scenes are consistently cartoonish. Armond White, National Review, 19 Apr. 2024 And while there are not nearly enough lawyers to represent poor defendants in Maine, the problem is acute in rural areas. Callie Ferguson Ashley L. Conti, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Indeed, younger generations who migrate for work are not nearly as interested in keeping local traditions alive, often considering the groves and their upkeep a burden. Pragathi Ravi, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Mar. 2024 The legal arguments Congress's intent was not nearly so narrow, replies NYU law professor Andrew Weissmann. Nina Totenberg, NPR, 16 Apr. 2024

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“Not nearly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20nearly. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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